World War II Pilot Killed in Koolau Finally Goes Home

Ensign Harry Warnke, USN
Ensign Harry Warnke, USN

GARY, INDIANA (KHNL) - A World War II Navy pilot whose remains were excavated off a Koolau crash site, will be buried this summer.

Ensign Harry "Bud" Warnke's plane crashed on June 15, 1944, in the Koolau Range on Oahu as he was training in aerial dives. The US Navy finally recovered the remains and identified Warnke last summer.

Warnke's sister, 87-year-old Myrtle Tice, is waiting for warmer weather to bury her brother some 63 years after his death. Tice, who lives in an Arizona retirement home, will fly to Indiana for the funeral. Warnke will be buried in an empty grave site that bears his name 20 miles east of Gary, Indiana.