For Ashford resident John Tutt it marks the end of decades of searching for his brother, Sgt Bernard Frederick Tutt, who died aged just 29.
They grew up in Willesborough and attended the South Central School. Both worked as greengrocers for the Co-operative.
The father-of-two said: “To have found him after all these years is just amazing.
“I know for Bernard’s son Keith it is wonderful because Bernard died when he was just two-months-old and all he knew of his father was what his mother and I told him.
“He feels that his father is something more than just a story now.”
It was thanks to John’s persistent investigations that he received a response to a letter he sent 11 years ago to the Burgermeister of Brandau, a small village 22 miles south east of Frankfurt where the plane came down.
He continued: “I’d written a letter and had never received a response but then out of the blue just before Christmas a young German archaeology student called Felix Klingenbeck wrote to me to say he had found the wreckage.
“He’d informed the Burgermeister when human remains were found and the Burgermeister said he had remembered the letter I sent in 1999 and dug out my address.”