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Posted on Monday 24th September

A Lancaster bomber which crashed on its return from a raid on the Skoda armaments works at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in April 1943, has been found near Frankfurt, Germany, almost 70 years on.

Lancaster ED427, one of 327 bombers taking part in the raid, came under German anti-aircraft flak and crashed into a field near Frankfurt. Two bodies were removed from the wreckage and buried by the German military, leaving five bodies from the crew of seven unaccounted for.

The British Air Ministry tried to find the final resting place of the aircraft's crew after the war, but were unable to do so and therefore assumed the aircraft had crashed in the sea.

The wreckage was discovered following the work of German volunteer historians after an eye witness took them to the crash site. The Lancaster's engine and landing gear were found, along with hundreds of human bone fragments.

It is thought that the remains will be buried together in a single grave at a German Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.

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