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74 years on, 7 UK WWII airmen laid to rest in Albania

October 24, 2018 4:51 PM
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British soldiers carry a coffin of a British serviceman at the Grand Park in Tirana, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, as seven British military personnel from a plane that crashed in Albania during World War II are laid to rest almost 75-years after their death. It was Sgt. John Thompson's ring that was hidden from the then communist officials, that has enabled searchers to locate and identify his remains, and those of his fellow crew members, after they crashed into a mountainside in Biza, Albania, on Oct. 29, 1944, and they are finally interred during an official funeral ceremony Wednesday in the Albanian capital. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

TIRANA, Albania – It was Sgt. John Thompson's ring that enabled searchers to locate his remains and those of six other British military personnel from a plane that crashed in Albania during World War II.

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