This circa 1940s photo provided Tuesday, July 3, 2018, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty, of Winstead, Conn., who was killed when his bomber was shot down over France in June 1944, during World War II. Canty's remains were identified on December 2017, by scientists who used DNA analysis and other evidence. He will be buried with full military honors on July 10 in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)

Relatives of WWII airman to gather for long-delayed funeral

July 07, 2018 - 11:39 am

WINSTED, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen relatives of a U.S. service member whose plane was shot down during World War II are traveling to Arlington National Cemetery for his long-delayed funeral.

The remains of Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty, recovered from the crash site in France, were identified in December by scientists using DNA analysis.

His funeral is Tuesday.

Wayne Brazeau, Canty's great-nephew, remembers hearing stories about him on visits to his grandmother's home in Winsted, Connecticut. A wall of the house of his grandmother — Canty's sister— displayed his photo, his medals and a dollar bill that he signed before setting out on his final mission.

Canty, who grew up in Winsted, was 22 when he was killed June 22, 1944.

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