WWII RAF bomber found in Poland
Historians in Poland have discovered the wreckage of a World War II RAF
Halifax bomber along with the remains of its British and Canadian crew.
The hull of the aircraft, from 148 Squadron, was found buried in a field
near the southern Polish town of Dabrowa Tarnowska.
The bomber was shot down while dropping supplies and ammunition to the
Polish underground during the Warsaw uprising.
Polish historians are now trying to track down the airmen's
Records show the Halifax JP-276A took off on its final
flight from the Italian city of Brindisi around 2000 GMT on
4 August 1944.
The crew of five Canadians and two Britons, led by
Canadian pilot Captain A.R. Blynn, were flying on a
mission to drop weapons and ammunition to the Polish
||This is an
extraordinary, rare find
Project manager Piotr
Although a small amount of human remains from the crash
were found and buried in Poland in 1944, the wreckage
has remained buried along with most of the remains for
more than 60 years.
Warsaw's Museum of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising started
to recover the wreck about two months ago.
Project manager Piotr Sliwowski, who heads
the museum's history department, told the
Associated Press news agency: "This is an
extraordinary, rare find - there are only
three Halifaxes in museums around the
Although the museum's officials were
intrigued to find the hull of the bomber
as well as documents and personal
belongings, it was the discovery of the
remains of its crew of young men that
left the biggest impression.
The historians have contacted the
British and Canadian embassies in
Warsaw in the hope that the families
of the airmen can be notified.
Mr Sliwowski said: "These were
boys aged 28 or 30. Their
remains were for decades in the
ground, now they will be able to
return to their homelands."
Documents, notes and maps
and personal items belonging
to the crew, like a folding
knife and a well-preserved
aviator's badge, were also
"It takes you back 62
years and you start
thinking, 'What were
they like? What did they
look like? Did they have
also found on
part of the
end of World
A third is on display in what is described as "as recovered" condition at the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Museum in London.