Identities of more men killed in 1952 plane crash said to be coming soon – families, including Missourians, still frustrated by delay

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing (left) and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald

Two Department of Defense agencies say an e-mail that said identities were known in March and not released to families was not accurate.

The wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster was rediscovered in 2012 and efforts to recover remains began the next year. It was announced in June, 2014, that remains recovered in 2013 were identified as belonging to 17 of those men and those were returned to families for burial.

Identities of men whose remains were recovered in 2014 have not been released, however, and families believe based on the time it took to identify those from 2013 that enough time has passed for the 2014 remains to be done.

Two of the men on that plane whose remains have not been identified were from Missouri: Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald, in east-central Missouri, and Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing, in northeast Missouri. A third man, Private Robert Dale Card originally of Kansas, has a brother and other family living near Springfield.  Those families have told Missourinet they are anxious to see their loved ones returned home.

Representatives of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) based in Dover, Delaware, and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), tell Missourinet the delay was the result of changes in who was responsible for oversight of those remains.