ARLINGTON, Va. – An Army Air Force sergeant, shot down during World War II, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery today as part of the Defense Department’s new effort to account for missing Americans.

Army Air Force Tech Sgt. Charles L. Johnston was the radio operator on “Hot Garters,” a plane in the 321st Bombardment Squadron brought down by anti-aircraft fire over New Guinea in April 1944.

Johnston was identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a Pentagon joint task force with a mission to account for Americans listed as prisoners of war or missing in action from all past wars and conflicts.

The joint task force, established last September, found Johnston’s remains in the Madong province of Papua, New Guinea.