P-40 found in desert

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  1. Warden

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    Amazing but sad story
     
  2. Story

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    'Sucks' is the nature of many wartime tales, which get forgotten and/or overlooked with time.

    We really were in retreat, and Copping was temporarily forgotten.
     
  3. Landman

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    I can't believe the CO found it hilarious. I also can't believe they didn't send out a search party. How long did they think somebody could survive out there? Everybody seemed to drop the ball here. The pilot with Copping should have tried to push them to search for him.
     
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    Temporarily is not good when dealing with the desert. Sad.
     
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    As I understand, the plane ditched 200 miles from the nearest town. Wasn't any hope of rescue (just think, it's taken this long for the plane to be found!). He probably realised that too. Let's not kid ourselves, it wouldn't have been a quick nor painless death, both physically and emotionally :(

    Now that the plane has been found, the Brits (the RAF Museum at Hendon, London) are trying to get it repatriated back to the UK. In the meanwhile, locals are stripping it down for scrap so how much will be left is anyone's guess, and you know how long bureaucracy can take to sign the papers and get the plane home.
     
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    Very sad, reminds me of the B-24 " Lady B Good" that crashed during the war. It's a shame he was just written off, but there were without a doubt many others who shared the same fate waiting to be discovered in the deserts and oceans.
     
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    Right Paddy, they already stripped it of its guns and ammo, how much is left? Sad.
     
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    Thanks Story, hope Egyption military returns them.
     
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  12. Story

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    Not without significant Egyptian assistance.

    Captain Paul Collins, British defence attaché to Egypt, confirmed a search would be mounted for the airman’s remains but admitted it was ‘extremely unlikely’ it would be successful. The spot could be marked as a war grave after the aircraft is recovered.

     
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  14. matrioshka

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    It's sad to think the aircraft will make it home before the pilot. Yeah, I know there are thousands like him lying out there, unshriven so to speak, but it's still rather sad. I just hope that when the old bird's cleaned up and sitting in a museum, folks spare a thought for the fellow who didn't make it back...
     
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