A World War II Spitfire which became the tomb of an Australian pilot missing for almost seven decades is expected to be transferred to Melbourne’s Point Cook RAAF Museum. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire on June 11, 1944, the plane was discovered late last year and recovered from the muddy waters of the River Orne, near Caen, in northern France.
The chance find – it was discovered when a French couple saw part of the plane poking above the water at low tide late last year – also confirmed the fate of Flight Lieutenant Henry ”Lacy” Smith from Sans Souci, south of Sydney.
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