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World War II plane crash: Airmen confirmed to be those who went missing in 1942

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The mystery surrounding a World War II plane crash and missing airmen has finally been resolved. The aircraft went missing on Oct. 30, 1942, and for decades the families of Sergeant William Baird, Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock were left with heartache over not knowing what had happened to the airmen.

The Canada Journal reports that a logging crew found the remains of the World War II plane crash airmen on a mountain close to Port Renfrew. The surviving family members, some of whom are now in their 90s, were informed of the remains find shortly after specialists went into the area in May and performed a thorough recovery effort.

The aircraft had gone missing as it was returning from a training flight off of Vancouver Island. As Newsoxy notes, the four airmen who perished were made up of one British airman and three Canadians. The loggers had come upon some debris in the forest some months ago. They found the engine and wheels along with a jacket, shoes and a boot. The crash site was about 30 miles from where the plane took off.

Poor winter weather held off the recovery efforts, but confirmation that the site was that of the World War II plane crash and missing airmen came in May once authorities could get to the area. Now officials are working toward a formal interment ceremony for the deceased airmen.