RING LEADS TO DIS­COV­ERY OF LOST WWII AIRMEN

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Sgt. John Thomp­son’s ring en­abled searchers to lo­cate his re­mains and those of six other Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel from a plane that crashed in Albania dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Seventy-four years af­ter they were killed, the seven airmen were laid to rest in a cer­e­mony Wednes­day in Ti­rana.

The crew took off from Italy to carry out a sup­ply drop­ping mis­sion in Albania. Their bomber crashed in a moun­tain­side in Biza on Oct. 29, 1944.

In 1960, res­i­dent Jaho Cala found Thomp­son’s fin­ger with the ring and hid it, afraid to show it to Albania’s then-com­mu­nist of­fi­cials.

Upon the fall of the com­mu­nist regime in 1990, his son con­tacted the U.S. and Bri­tish em­bassies, lead­ing to the find­ing of the re­mains in 2015.

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