THE body of a World War Two fighter pilot shot down 70 years ago has finally been discovered in the Egyptian desert, his family believe. The Pryor-Bennett family are praying that DNA tests confirm that the remains are those of Flight Sergeant Denis Copping. The young pilot has been missing for 70 years after he failed to return to base in his Curtiss Kittyhawk fighter in 1942.
It was initially believed that the young man was shot down by the Luftwaffe near the Egypt-Libya border — but experts later guessed that the RAF pilot got lost in a sandstorm over the featureless desert before running out of fuel and crashing. Incredibly, a group of Polish oil workers discovered the near-intact Kittyhawk plane three months ago. They confirmed that the pilot survived the crash because they found his parachute but no remains. They concluded that he must have set out on foot across the baking desert to try to reach the safety of Allied lines.