After more than seven decades, the body of a missing RAF pilot has been discovered in the Egyptian desert. The family of the missing pilot is determined that the DNA tests on the remains will further clarify the identity of the remains.
In 1942, an RAF pilot was reported missing when he failed to return back to his base. He was flying Curtiss Kittyhawk fighter, and it was said that the aircraft crashed in the desert. It was initially believed that Flight Sgt. Copping’s fighter aircraft was shot down by Luftwaffe near the Libya-Egypt border. However, it was later revealed that Copping got lost in a massive sand storm, and after flying disoriented over featureless desert Sgt. Copping’s plane crashed killing him instantly.
A group of Polish Oil workers discovered Copping’s Curtiss three months ago. They quickly reported to the authorities, who found a partially destroyed aircraft along with a parachute. This meant that Sgt. Copping somehow survived the crash and attempted to make it on foot. They also concluded that Copping was killed by the smoldering heat of the desert and not by the Luftwaffe.
William Pryor-Bennet, 62, the nephew of Sgt. Copping said that they are determined that DNA tests would reveal that remains belong to his uncle. His son john said that he was prepared to travel to Egypt to find the remains of their uncle. But last week the family received the news that Italian war historians have discovered the remains of Flight Sgt. Copping near the crash site.
William Pryor told the media that he has confidence in Italian experts, who have successfully recovered and identified the remains of a number of Italians soldiers in the past.
Italian war experts have reportedly found the remains five miles from the actual crash site. William said that Italians have only found a piece of leg and vertebrae and are in the process of doing DNA tests on the remains.
Flight Sgt. Copping’s Curtiss had crashed some 200 miles from the Allied Base camp in 1942. Experts suggest that it would have been impossible for Copping to make it on foot without any food and water supply. He was justified in making an effort for it but was perished only 5 miles into his long journey, The Independent reports.
William Pryor-Bennet told the media that his family always wanted to know about the last days of their beloved uncle. He added that this is the opportunity for them to connect the dots and actually have the whole story, and to put the ‘missing’ narrative in the past.