MIA Update from the VFW Action Corps Weekly Dated October 25, 2019:
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced one new identification, and six burial updates for service members who have been missing and unaccounted-for from WWII and the Korean War. Retruning home for burial with full military honors from Illinois is:
Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Willard R. Best - age 24, from Staunton, IL. Willard was a member of the 407th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 92d Bombardment Group (Heavy), 40th Combat Bombardment Wing, 1st Air Division, 8th Air Force. On Aug. 24, 1944, Best was the top turret gunner aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress aircraft, carrying nine crew members, which was struck by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed during a bombing raid over Merseburg, Germany. Bests's remains will be buried in his hometown in the Spring of 2020