WWII pilot’s remains to arrive in his NY hometown for burial

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) – The remains of a World War II fighter pilot identified 70 years after he died in the Pacific are scheduled to arrive in upstate New York for burial.

The remains of 2nd Lt. Edward F. Barker are scheduled to arrive aboard a commercial flight at Albany International Airport late Wednesday morning. An honor guard of military pallbearers will transfer his casket to a hearse that will make the 65-mile drive west to Herkimer, Barker’s hometown.

Calling hours are Friday afternoon and evening at Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer. A graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held noon Saturday at nearby Calvary Cemetery.

Barker was a 21-year-old Army Air Forces pilot when he failed to return from a training mission in Papua New Guinea in 1944. His remains were recovered in 2012 and identified earlier this year.

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