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Remains of WWII pilot returned home

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NEW YORK (NBC) -

The remains of a WWII pilot have made it home to New York after years of being lost at war.

Sergeant Robert Mains was shot down during World War II and while he was lost, he was never forgotten.

After 72 years, Mains daughter, Barbara O'Brien, was finally reunited with her father after his remains were returned, a man she has no memory of.

"He saw me once- the day I was born. And he was with me for a full day. Then he was called to war," O'Brien said.

Mains was only 27-years-old when his plan was shot down during over Germany during a bombing run, in the final days of the war.

"He was missing in action, and as a little girl, i didn't realize that he was dead...I just heard that he was missing," O'Brien said.

A few weeks prior to Mains return, O'Brien received a call that his remains had been identified by his DNA in Germany. 

Sergeant Mains will be buried with military honors on Saturday.

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