Three British airmen who disappeared on a training flight during World War II will finally be given a fitting burial after their crashed plane was discovered on a remote mountainside in Canada.
The Avro Anson twin-engine aircraft went missing on October 30, 1942, failing to return from a navigation training flight from the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
It wasn’t until last fall, 71 years later, that a logging crew uncovered the remains on a mountain near Port Renfrew.
Regional Coroner Matt Brown calls it a wild case.
He says, “In May of this year, members of the Coroner’s Service as well as a number of specialists from National Defence went into the area and performed a very, thorough recovery effort.”
Brown says officials have notified the families, including the Canadian siblings in Alberta who are now in their 90′s.
The four have been identified as Sergeant William Baird from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and 3 members of the British Royal Air Force – Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William
Lawrence and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock.