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World War II plane crash found: Plane crash site has skeletal remains of 4 crew

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 , Cpl Brandon O'Connell

It was during World War II when a plane took off on a training mission over the remote woodlands of Canada and never returned. No sign of the plane or the four crew members were ever found and this missing flight remained a mystery until now, according to the Canadian Journal on May 31.

It took 72 long years to solve this mystery, but thanks to a logging crew traveling through a remote area in Canada, the crew's remains are now back home for a proper burial. The crash site of that Avro Anson twin-engine bomber was full of rusted twisted metal and among the wreckage was the skeletal remains of the four crew members.

Members of the Coroner's Service set out to the crash site along with specialists from National Defense and embarked on a recovery effort that was extremely difficult. The area was not the easiest to access and decades of exposure to the elements made the recovery effort tough, but it was completed.

The flight never returned from a navigational training practice on Vancouver Island's southern tip. Search and rescue back in 1942 came up empty handed and that crash site on a mountainside near Port Renfrew lay there undisturbed for 72 years until this month, according to The Raw Story.

The logging crew located the remains of the plane and the remains of the military crew on board about 80 miles from Sidney on a mountainside. Their remains and artifacts have been recovered and experts used DNA to officially identify the human remains.

The families of the missing men have been notified and that includes some siblings of the men who live in Canada, who are in their 90s today. It was October 30, 1942 when this flight mysteriously disappeared. While most of the crews' close family members are long-gone, it was nice for the siblings of one of the men, who are in their 90s, to find out what happened to their brother before they die. The rest of the remains can be buried by the next few generations of their families.

The men 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.

For almost three-quarters of a century the wreckage of this flight lay undisturbed in the mountains of Canada. Through the coming decades as more land is developed or logged and even explored, you can't help wonder what other mysteries will be solved by people happening upon final resting places of flights or missing hikers who were never found. The land is vast, vast enough to hide this wreckage from civilization for the last 70-plus years.

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