The body of Major Willard G. Palm, pilot of the RB-47 jet shot down by?
LV Plane arrives.
SV Guards and flags.
LV Body carried from plane.
LV Ditto and lowered to ground.
CU Chaplain reads prayer.
LV Coffin borne through guard of honour.
SV Guards with flags.
SV Coffin into hearse.
LV Hearse drives away.
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Background: The body of Major Willard G. Palm, pilot of the RB-47 jet shot down by the Russians July 1 while on an Arctic mapping mission arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, USA, July 30, en route to the National Cemetery at Arlington, where burial with full military honours will take place, August 4.
The remains of the 39-year-old Palm were flown from Frankfurt, Germany; they were met by high ranking Air Force officers and a Guard of Honour drawn from Strategic Air Command men. The Chief Chaplain on the Base held a brief service before the body was transferred to a hearse.
The Major was one of six airmen aboard the RB-47, which the Russians claimed was on a spy mission to test radar in the Barents Sea. Two of the crew were taken prisoner and are awaiting trial, and three are missing presumed dead.