The remains were identified as Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard, 25, of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari, 31, of Frankfort, N.Y., after search crews found them in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office said Thursday in a release.
The Pentagon said Pollard and Licari were crew members of an A-20G Havoc bomber that failed to return to base on March 13, 1944, in the country now known as Papua New Guinea. The aircraft crashed after attacking enemy targets on the island.
In 2012, the A-20G crash site in Papua New Guinea was excavated and the remains of Licari and Pollard were recovered, the Defense Department said.
The remains were being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.