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Possible World War II Crash Site Found in Northern France

Friday, November 13, 2015

British plane StirlingNORMANDY, FRANCE—British aviation archaeologist Tony Graves thinks he has found the wreck site of a World War II British Stirling that was lost on June 18, 1944, in a farmer’s field in France. The plane had been carrying ammunition and paratroopers as part of a covert operation to aid the French Resistance, but it never arrived at its destination. Local people remember the chaos of battle that evening and a plane that fell out of the sky. All 23 people on board were lost. French authorities are reluctant to disturb a war grave with an excavation, however. “If there are any remains here, the police will be called and they’ll have a proper burial instead of laying under a field with cows trampling all over them,” Graves told CBC Canada. To read more, go to "The Archaeology of WWII."

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