Last fall, a crew from a logging company found a 70 year old plane wreck on a mountainside near Port Renfrew.
It turned out to be a World War training aircraft that went missing October 30th, 1942 after taking off from the air force base at Patricia Bay in Sidney on a training exercise.
At the time environmental conditions prevented any kind of recovery but earlier this month the BC Coroners Service partnered with the federal Department of National Defence to recover and identify the airplane and its crew.
There were four airmen aboard the Avro Anson.
They were Sergeant William Baird from the Royal Canadian Air Force and three men from the British Royal Air Force.
Canada’s Department of National Defence and Britain’s Ministry of Defense have contacted the surviving family members.
(Photo courtesy Corporal Brandon O’Connell, Joint Task Force Pacific J36)