A Sacred Search in Germany

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On a small plot of farmland in northern Germany, U.S. service members and civilians are working to recover the remains of airmen lost during World War II.

Their work can be messy, but their mission is sacred: The 25-member team is with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is dedicated to fulfilling the nation's promise to leave no service member behind. The agency is searching for missing U.S. service members from past conflicts in 45 nations.

This team is in Wistedt, Germany, searching for remains from members of 10-person flight crew of a B-24 bomber last seen returning from a mission on April 8, 1944. It was presumed shot down, with the loss of all crew members.

Recovery efforts began last month. Already, some of the plane's propellers have been recovered.

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