The remains of World War II Flight Officer Dewey Gossett returned home to the Upstate, Thursday.

Gossett had been missing since the war and piloted a single-seat A-36A Apache aircraft for the US Army Air Forces over Acerno, Italy when it crashed in September of 1943.

“It means the world to us, he’s our hero and we’re just really proud of him and want to honor him,” said Nora Messick, Gossett’s great niece.

In November of 2014, Italian historians working with US investigators found Gossett’s remains at the crash site of his aircraft.

“We’re bringing our hero home and it’s been a long time coming we all open arms welcome him home,” said Ralph Gossett, Dewey’s nephew.

Gossett’s remains arrived at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Thursday evening.

A graveside service will be held for Gossett Monday at 2pm at the Fort Prince Memorial Gardens in Wellford.