Families seek return of fliers’ remains

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Wreckage from a plane that carried two Vermonters and went missing in the Himalayas in 1944 has been found in a remote part of India.

And now relatives of the crash victims are trying to get the Pentagon to step up efforts to recover their remains.

Capt. William A. Swanson of Proctor was the plane’s pilot; 1st Lt. Irwin “Zipper” Zaetz of Burlington was a last-minute addition to the flight, replacing the regular navigator, who was ill.

The Pentagon says retrieving remains will be difficult because of political instability in the region.

But the families, backed by Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, say India is an ally and that political instability in northeast India has abated.

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