Remains of WWII airmen found in British Columbia
04 June 2014
The remains of four airmen from the crash of a Second World War
training aircraft in British Columbia have been recovered and will
soon be re-interred by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The 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 wreckage of the Avro Anson was located on southern Vancouver
Island in October 2013 by a logging company that was 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.
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