World War 2

Remains of lost WW2 pilot William Smith finally found

Nearly 70 years after he was reported missing in action, the remains of WW2 RAAF pilot William Smith have been found in his crashed plane. His Spitfire was found by a documentary crew in Hardifort, northern France.

William Smith was last seen on May 9, 1942, engaged in a dogfight over the English Channel. The 24-year-old, part of 457 Squadron, had been escorting a bomber raid on Bruges when a couple of dozen German Focke-Wulf 190 fighters attacked.

Smith will now be given a proper burial at the Arneke Commonwealth War cemetery in France in 2012. His plane was discovered almost buried on a farmer’s property, having been almost completely destroyed when it crashed nose-first into the ground.

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