Family of Allentown soldier killed in 1946 glad about ID

Staff Sgt. Zoltan Dobovich died in crash of B-17 in French-Italian alps

Published: Dec 25 2012 02:02:50 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 11:58:02 AM EST
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PHILADELPHIA -

A nephew of an Allentown soldier who died in a plane crash in Europe more than six decades ago said the family is grateful his remains have been identified and can be laid to rest.

Services are slated in New Jersey this week for Staff Sgt. Zoltan Dobovich, who died along with seven others in the Nov. 1, 1946 crash of a B-17 in the French-Italian alps.

Dobovich's remains were recently identified through DNA and were returned Monday to family members in a ceremony at Philadelphia International Airport.

Carlton Dobovich told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his late father and his uncle were very close as boys. He said it feels good to know that "we'll have him close so we can visit him."