World War II plane crash remains discovered in western Canada after 71 years
The sculpted Maple leaf at Cintheaux Canadiain War Cemetery where 2,872 Canadians are buried is pictured on May 13, 2004 [AFP]

The wreckage of a World War II military aircraft was found in Canada's far west, solving a 72-year old mystery surrounding its disappearance during a training flight, officials confirmed Friday.

The Avro Anson twin-engine bomber went missing on October 30, 1942, when it failed to return from a flight that departed Sidney, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Its four member crew -- British Royal Air Force pilots Charles Fox and Anthony Lawrence, and Sergeant Robert Luckock as well as Royal Canadian Air Force Sergeant William Baird -- were listed as missing and presumed dead.

But now their remains and artifacts have been identified, the British Columbia coroner's office said.

A logging crew discovered the wreckage of the plane in October 2013 on a mountainside near Port Renfrew, on the other side of the island, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Sidney.

The coroner used DNA testing to identify the remains.

Surviving family members of the deceased were informed of the find.

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