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World War II plane crash airmen: Remains of 4 in plane crash debris for 72 years

World War II crash site found after 72 years missing. The remains of four crew members identified in this crash in the Canadian mountains.
World War II crash site found after 72 years missing. The remains of four crew members identified in this crash in the Canadian mountains.
Cpl Brandon O'Connell

The World War II plane crash site that was recently discovered in the Canadian mountains, had remained a mystery flight disappearance for the last 72 years. When a group of loggers came through a thick wooded area they happened upon the crash site, which contained the skeletal remains of the four World War II airmen in the wreckage.

NewsOxy reports on June 1 that the authorities believe the plane went down because of engine trouble. The airmen went down while on a navigational training mission that was took off out of Patricia Bay back on October 30, 1942.

While the recovery effort is tedious in this rural area of the mountains, the teams that embarked on this mission were able to recover the human remains of all four crew members and send them home to relatives for a proper burial.

They are also going over what's left of the plane in their investigation. While the "exact cause" of the downed plane has not been officially announced, they do believe it was engine trouble that downed the plane.

The loggers talked with the media and reported how they first came across wheels, the engine of a plane, a boot, shoes and a jacket. The items were strewn across an area that looked like the debris field of a plane crash, reports Michael Pegg of Teal-Jones, the logging company whose crew were first to find the wreckage. They called the plane crash site into authorities.

The Canada Journal reports that the wreckage of the twin engine Avro Anson L7056 lay undisturbed by humans in the mountainside of Canada for 72 years. It was back on October 30, 1942 when the flight took off for just a routine training mission with four crew on board.

The three British airmen and one Canadian airman were identified. The Canadian airman still had living siblings in their 90s and they were notified that their sibling was now home.

The primary focus of the recovery operation was to first recovery the human remains. Then to go on and "identify and remove any environmental hazards," said DND spokesperson Johanna Quinney in her released statement on Friday.

This 72-year-old mystery was a "fascinating story" for Pegg and the forestry crew to be a part off, Pegg reports. After all these years the families have finally found out just what happened to these men who are more like ancestors today because of the length of time gone by.

This flight was one of many to crash during World War II flying out of Patricia Bay. More than 100 air crew members lost their lives during the war era in that location. Authorities are keeping the crash site closed off while they are doing their investigation.