WWII Pilot’s Remains Returning Home

More than 75 years after being killed in action in World War II, the remains of a navy pilot are being returned to Parma for burial. Second Lt. Elwood Bailey went missing in action while battling in aerial combat over Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An island villager discovered wreckage of Bailey’s plane in 2012 and notified U.S. authorities. An investigation was closed in September of 2017 determining the teeth and bone fragments found at the site were Bailey’s. His dog tags were also found at the site and the number on the plane matched that of Lt. Bailey. A burial service with full military honors will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Cemetery in Parma. The ceremony is open to the public at the Michigan Avenue cemetery between Chapel and Dearing Roads.