Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Celebrity

World War II plane crash wreckage found 71 years after crashing in Canada

See also

The victims of a World War II plane crash will finally be memorialized, the Canada Journal reported Saturday.

Three British Air Force pilots disappeared on a training flight during World War II will be given a formal full-honors burial after their crashed plane was discovered on a remote mountainside in Canada.

The twin engine fighter plane, Avro Anson, was reported missing on October 30, 1942. Archived reports said the plane failed to return from a navigation training flight off Vancouver Island.

Wreckage finally found

A logging crew found the Avro Anson wreckage in the fall, 71 years after it crashed. The remote crash site was on a mountain near Port Renfrew.

Coroner Matt Brown said the case is extremely unusual.

“In May of this year, members of the Coroner’s Service as well as a number of specialists from National Defense went into the area and performed a very, thorough recovery effort,” Brown said.

The coroner added that families of the victims were notified. Some of those relatives included siblings in Albert who are now in their 90s.

Identities released

The four killed airman have been identified as Sergeant William Baird who was with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and three members of the British Royal Air Force – Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock.

“Our Government makes every effort to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, irrespective of the length of time that has passed. This recovery, and subsequent burial, will provide closure to the families and give these fallen service members the dignity and respect they deserve,” said the Honorable Rob Nicholson Canadian Minister of National Defense.

“We will never forget the sacrifice of those who came before us and the importance of recovering our fellow airmen cannot be understated. No matter how much time passes, doing the right thing for our people and for their families is an Air Force priority.” Said Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force.

Military officials said that although the World War II plane crash site was not discovered for over 70 years, history will always record their sacrifice for their country.

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea
    Iggy Azalea shakes things up at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Headlines
  • Bachelorette
    Andi Dorfman chose a man on 'The Bachelorette', but did he pop the question?
    Video
    TV Buzz
  • Jennifer Lopez
    Watch J.Lo transform from Fly Girl to one of the world's hottest women
    Camera
    18 Photos
  • Child stars
    You won't believe what some of these former child stars look like all grown up
    Camera
    26 Photos
  • Celebrity tattoos
    We're not sure what some of these stars were thinking when they got inked
    Camera
    23 Photos
  • Freddie Prinze Jr
    Freddie Prinze Jr. made jaws drop with some shocking admissions about Keifer Sutherland
    Video
    Pop Culture

Related Videos:

  • San Diego Comic-Con 2014
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518300535" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518300535&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Kate Gosselin use of 'r-word' causes stir
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517833171" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517833171&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Original Batman cast at Comic Con
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518238431" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518238431&autoStart=true"></div>