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Eveleth airman killed in World War II identified, remains to return to U.S.

Nando A. Cavalieri
Nando A. Cavalieri(Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 12:18 PM CST
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EVELETH, MN -- An Eveleth airman who was killed during an enemy attack on an aircraft during World Wat II has been identified.

Army Air Forces Capt. Nando A. Cavalieri, 24, was accounted for July 27, 2021, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

In February 1945, Cavalieri was assigned to 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force in the European Theater.

Nando A. Cavalieri
Nando A. Cavalieri(Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

On February 3, the B-17G Flying Fortress bomber he was serving as bombardier on was flying a mission over Berlin when it was struck by enemy fire.

The plane broke into two pieces and crashed.

Cavalieri’s bomber was one of 21 to be lost during the mission.

German forces reportedly recovered his body and ID tags after the crash. He was buried in Döberitz, Germany, on February 7, 1945.

After the war ended, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) investigated and recovered missing American personnel in Europe.

Nando A. Cavalieri
Nando A. Cavalieri(Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

They recovered all of the American remains buried in Döberitz, but were unable to identify Cavalieri.

He was declared non-recoverable on Oct. 23, 1951.

Sometime Between 2016 and 2018, DPAA historians finished a research project that focused on the eight sets of unknown remains recovered from Döberitz.

One set of remains was determined to be a strong candidate for association with Cavalieri.

The remains, which had been buried in an American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery in Belgium, were disinterred in June 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

Scientists used anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence to analyze the remains and determined they belong to Cavalieri.

Nando A. Cavalieri
Nando A. Cavalieri(Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

A possible funeral date has not been made public.

Cavalieri will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a date to-be-determined.

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