R.I.P. Maax Curtis Hammer Jr.
The remains of Maax Curtis Hammer Jr., who was a World War II Flying Tiger from downstate Cairo, have been returned to southern Illinois for burial. | Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP
CARBONDALE — The remains of a southern Illinois native who flew planes in Southeast Asia more than 75 years ago have returned home for burial.
Maax Curtis Hammer Jr. died when his plane crashed in what is now Myanmar in 1941, the Southern Illinoisan reported. His remains returned to Carbondale on Wednesday via dignified transport from Hawaii, where he was buried for 67 years in a grave marked “Unknown.”
A visitation is planned for March 20 in Carbondale and a private family graveside service is planned for the next morning.
Hammer was part of the Flying Tigers, a group of volunteer pilots who helped the British and…
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