Parler Share
Lifestyle & Human Interest

Remains of Pilot Killed in WWII Finally Laid To Rest

Parler Share

While funerals are never a pleasant occasion, they can be more than just heartbroken gatherings. For some families, having a family member laid to rest gives them peace and a sense of closure.

That’s certainly true for the family of Army Air Forces 2nd Lieutenant Lynn W. Hadfield, who disappeared on March 21, 1945, during WWII when his plane was hit by the Germans.

Since then, his family has carried on and expanded, but they never stopped wondering what had happened to Hadfield.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, three years ago, in 2016, a German researcher notified the DPAA that he’d found a crash that could be Hadfield’s.

Former Congressman Arrested at Airport - Caught in Middle of Federal Criminal Probe

The search led them to a horse paddock, about 10 miles from Dulmen, Germany. During the last several months of 2016, the site was assessed, the plane excavated, and the remains DNA-tested.

The tests confirmed that the remains were Hadfield’s, and researchers were also able to identify his deceased crew members as well.

Hadfield’s family was thankful that he’d been found at last, and his funeral was planned for March 21, 2019, which was 74 years to the day since his plane was shot down.

“My Grandfather, Lynn W. Hadfield: WWII Pilot – killed on March 21st, 1945 finally being put to rest *74 years to the day* later,” CT Turner, Hadfield’s grandson, posted on March 19.

“I am honored, proud and amazed that after a lifetime of searching we finally have the privilege of bringing our Grandfather and Father home this week.”

“My family and I are deeply grateful to *everyone* who made this possible, and to my Son-in-Law, SSGT Sean Scheller, who is escorting Lynn’s remains home today.”

Watch: Fearless Father Runs Towards Danger After 2-Year-Old Starts Screaming - Drives Off Vicious Animal

“Our only wish was to bring him home in time for his daughter, my mother, to say goodbye to her father…that is happening.”

Even though Turner’s mother and Hadfield’s daughter, Mary Ann Turner, had been only 2 when her father died, she’s found it comforting to be able to close the door on this chapter.

“An emptiness is filled,” she told The Salt Lake Tribune, “and I have a lot of peace that I’ve never known before. It’s wonderful.”

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
Parler Share
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking