Kansas man lost in WWII finally laid to rest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man whose plane went down during World War II has finally been laid to rest in his native state.

Hundreds of people lined the streets Wednesday in Leavenworth to honor 2nd Lt. Verne L. Gibb. He was a pilot in World War II when his cargo plane was lost on a flight between Burma and India, likely because of bad weather. Five other people on the plane also were lost.

Despite several searches, the crash site was never found and the six men were declared dead. Gibb's remains were later found and were positively identified in October 2013.

The Leavenworth Times reports several of Gibb's family members attended Wednesday's service, including his daughter. None of them were available for comment after the service.

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