NEW DELHI — Tiny bone fragments carry a world of significance and perhaps closure for at least one American family who lost a loved one over the mountains of India in World War II.

During a solemn ceremony Wednesday in New Delhi, U.S. military members paid final respects to what may be the remains of one to two crew members from a B-24 bomber that crashed in 1944 on a supply run from India to China over the Himalayan Mountains.

The eight people on the plane were killed in the crash. For the first time, the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency is bringing home remains of missing military members from India.

The bone fragments discovered during a U.S. excavation will be tested for DNA at a lab in Hawaii.