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British WWII bomber set to be excavated

A researcher in Germany is preparing to excavate a Lancaster Bomber which crashed in mid-April, 1943, with hopes of finding out what happened to the crew.

After retiring, Menges began looking into the crash. During that investigation, he learned a day after the crash, German troops carried away two coffins purported to contain the shattered remains of the seven airmen, and buried the coffins in a Mannheim cemetery.

“When the war ended … the British military came and they opened the coffins to see what’s in there,” Benkel said, “and both of the coffins, they were empty.”

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Story: Matt Millham, Stars and Stripes | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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