PARIS (AP) -- The remains of a U.S. serviceman whose plane crashed in France toward the end of World War II will be transferred to Germany for forensic tests to determine his identity, a U.S. army spokeswoman said Wednesday.
U.S. military officials have visited the northern French village where a farmer found the pilot's skeletal remains and parts of his fighter plane in a field. The officials were sent from a special unit based in Heidelberg, Germany, that investigates such discoveries.
"Tomorrow, the remains will be given to the U.S. military and taken to Landstuhl" in western Germany, said army spokeswoman Sgt. Tami Lambert. A military medical examiner will then carry out detailed forensic tests on the remains.
Lambert said positive identification would not be possible until the tests were carried out.
Among the personal effects found at the scene were dog tags with the name William W. Patton engraved upon them and a serial number. But Lambert pointed out that some servicemen swapped dog tags with colleagues during the war.
Farmer Luc Druet made the discovery.
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