WWII pilot’s remains come home decades after going missing in action

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Captain Arthur Halfpapp was a U.S. Army pilot during World War II when the Steelton native was shot down over Italy in 1945. His remains were discovered in 2014.

7AE40FA835B044AE989509D567D8017AOn Tuesday evening, a plane carrying Halfpapp’s flag-draped coffin landed at Harrisburg International Airport.

Halfpap’s family says he always wanted to fly and serve his country. Halfpapp’s nephew, Pete Wolf, says it was no secret that his uncle was going to be a pilot one day.

“In his yearbook in 1939, he said he was going to fly a plane someday,” Wolf said. “That is exactly what he ended up doing.”.

halfpappA tribute will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Matincheck Funeral Home in Middletown. Services will follow along with a medal presentation.

Burial with full military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetary.

Governor Wolf has ordered U.S. and Pennsylvania and flags at the state Capitol and at state facilities in Dauphin County lowered to half-staff until sunset on Thursday.

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