Remains of WWII Airmen Found in British Columbia

Remains of four airmen from a missing Second World War training aircraft in British Columbia have been recovered and will soon be re-interred by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Remainsof WWII Airmen found in British Columbia

Recovery of remains from aircraft crash site

Four airmen, Sergeant William Baird from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and three from the Royal Air Force (RAF), Pilot Officer Charles George Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence, and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock, were conducting a navigation training exercise aboard the Avro Anson L7056 aircraft in October 1942 when they failed to return from the mission.

The crew, all members of the RCAF 32 Operational Training Unit, departed from Patricia Bay, British Columbia on October 30, 1942. The aircraft failed to return and was not discovered during the subsequent search operation. The four airmen on board were presumed to have died and their names were listed on the Ottawa Memorial to the missing.

The wreckage of the Avro Anson was located on southern Vancouver Island in October 2013 by a logging company working in the area, which immediately notified authorities.

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) worked collaboratively with the British Columbia Coroners Office, which maintained jurisdiction over the crash site, to conduct a recovery operation.

The CWGC is working together with the Canadian DND, the RCAF and the British Ministry of Defence to plan an internment ceremony, in consultation with the airmen’s relatives, to provide the airmen with a final honoured and appropriate resting place in a Commonwealth War Graves plot.

Visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to keep up to date with this and other events.

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