Potential Relics of Misplaced WWII US Bomber, Crew Present in Italy

MILAN (AP) — An archaeological dig in Sicily has uncovered traces of a misplaced World Warfare II American heavy bomber shot down in 1943, and doable human stays that would result in identification of 5 airmen whose our bodies have been by no means recovered.

The six-week dig that ended this week was carried out by a staff from the Pentagon’s Protection POW/MIA Accounting Company, which locates and identifies lacking U.S. army personnel all over the world.

The positioning close to Sciacca was recognized in 2017 by investigators utilizing historic information and metallic detectors.

This 12 months’s dig uncovered wreckage “constant solely to a B-25 plane,’’ mentioned archaeologist Clive Vella, the scientific director of the expedition, contributing to hopes that any confirmed stays could be linked to the lacking crew.

“We owe (their) households correct solutions,’’ Vella advised the Related Press Thursday.

The North American B-25 Mitchell heavy bomber with a crew of six was one among 52 air losses with lacking personnel within the space throughout WWII, principally throughout 1943 because the Allies pushed into southeastern Sicily.

It was shot down because it focused a camouflaged German airstrip amid olive groves and pastureland on July 10, 1943. A German army report documented the crash of a U.S. plane about two kilometers (simply over a mile) from the Sciacca airport, Vella mentioned.

One crew member was situated instantly and buried within the city’s cemetery. The physique was claimed in 1944 by U.S. army officers, however the different 5 airmen remained lacking.

Within the intervening many years, the crash web site “like most others within the Mediterranean area, was scavenged for metallic, the land restored to its authentic use,’’ Vella mentioned. “The scars of a crash have been principally gone.”

The proof, which incorporates doable human bones in addition to potential remnants of the plane, has been transported to a laboratory within the U.S. for examination.

Worldwide, there are greater than 81,600 lacking U.S. army personnel, together with 72,350 from World Warfare II, 7,550 from the Korean Warfare and 1,584 from the Vietnam Warfare. Over 41,000 of the whole are presumed misplaced at sea.

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