New search for Irish WW2 P-40 Kittyhawk pilot lost in desert

Joris Nieuwint


An Irish family has been promised that a UK search team will begin scouring the Egyptian desert next month for the remains of a long-lost relative who was a World War Two fighter pilot.

The Cork-based Pryor-Bennett family were left devastated last August by the confirmation that human remains found near the wreckage of an RAF fighter plane were not those of Fl Sgt Denis Copping.

Carbon-dating indicated the remains are in fact “significantly older” than the World War Two era.


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