World War II pilot's remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later
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For more than 70 years a tree protected the remains of a World War II fighter pilot from Washington state whose plane crashed in Germany in 1945.

The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William Gray of Kirkland were returned to his family Friday for a burial at Tahoma National Cemetery with full military honors.
The 21-year-old Gray was on a dive-bombing mission on April 16, 1945, when his single-seat P-47D aircraft clipped a tree and crashed.

The Defense POW/MIA said investigators recovered Gray’s remains last year.
“The bones they found were embedded in the tree,” Gray’s niece Jan Bradshaw told Q13 Fox.
Her brother Doug Louvier added, “It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot.”
Gray was buried side-by-side with his best friend—Bradshaw and Louvier’s father.
Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jim Louvier returned home from the war and was 89 when he died in 2010.