The purpose of the pre-dawn flight remains unknown, and Carlton Dobovich said his efforts to answer to that question have been unsuccessful.
The plane was reported missing, and the wreckage was located the following year at 12,000 feet on the mountain known as the Aiguilles des Glaciers. Some remains found then were interred in Arlington National Cemetery, but individual remains could not be identified. In the 1970s and 1980s, more wreckage and remains were recovered, and DNA testing recently identified some of them as those of Dobovich, who was 21 at the time of the crash.
Carlton Dobovich said the match was made from a cousin in Georgia whom they had not known existed.
Francis Raout, a young soldier in the French unit that found the wreckage in 1947, told the newspaper in an email that he was grateful to have "rendered service" to the nation "whose sons liberated France."
"I would never have thought that in 2012 I could offer my sincere condolences to the family of Zoltan Dobovich," he said.