WWII Soldier Returns 67 Years After Fatal Crash

By: AP
By: AP

A procession, escorted by state patrol and the riders, left Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday with the body of Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain, then went to Dalton, Ga., where Chastain was born in 1916, and then to Cleveland.

Along the way people stood to salute or wave American flags.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and Cleveland Daily Banner reported that Chastain, then a 27-year-old father, and others in his crew on the B-24D Liberator bomber were killed when the plane
disappeared during a reconnaissance mission on Oct. 27, 1943.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Chastain's birthday, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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