Troops from March pay tribute to fallen pilot

Crew members from the 729th Airlift Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and 315th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, S.C., flew to Etienville, France, earlier this month to participate in a memorial ceremony in honor of P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, Lt. Joseph Lyndon Piche. Piche died July 17, 1944, while attempting to return his aircraft to base during the D-Day invasion. The memorial was erected as a reminder to all of the men and women who gave their lives during WW II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Joe Davidson)

Crew members from the 729th Airlift Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and 315th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, S.C., flew to Etienville, France, earlier this month to participate in a memorial ceremony in honor of P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, Lt. Joseph Lyndon Piche. Piche died July 17, 1944, while attempting to return his aircraft to base during the D-Day invasion. The memorial was erected as a reminder to all of the men and women who gave their lives during WW II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Joe Davidson)