Fort Collins VFW searches for family of Air Force officer in photo

Maybe you can reunite a family - with a piece of its history.

FORT COLLINS, COLO. - We know his name was Del, and he served in the Air Force, but we don't know much more about the man whose photograph was just found at VFW Post 1781.

Staff members found the photo in the attic as the VFW location in Fort Collins underwent some renovations.

“It was up there so long it was covered in dust. So … no one knows where the portrait came from, how long it’s been there, who put it up there or anything," said Don May, the commander of Post 1781.

On the back of the photograph is a short description:

Del Bonham, Service  3/42 -6/50,  POW 1/29/44 - 5/3/45, &  Liberated by the Russians

May said Bonham was in the bomber crew, and was shot down over Europe.

The VFW staff has been looking for Del's family since the portrait was found six months ago, but the search has been unsuccessful.

“He was a hero, a veteran, a member of this post and no one knew anything about him, so we started digging into it," May said. 

For now, the photo hangs above the POW memorial at the VFW.

“If it was your grandfather or great grandfather, wouldn’t you want to know? I would," May said.

The full story airs Friday in Next on 9NEWS.

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