More than 70 years after he went missing in action during an RAF special operations mission, the mystery surrounding the fate of a British airman has finally been solved.
Flight Sgt John Thompson was one of seven crew on board a Halifax bomber that was dropping supplies to resistance fighters in Albania when the aircraft clipped a mountain ridge and crashed on Oct 29, 1944.
The mission was shrouded in secrecy and for decades his family struggled to find out whether he was alive or dead.
Their attempts to find out exactly what happened to him were hampered further when Albania fell under Communist rule, becoming one of Europe’s most paranoid and secretive states.
But on Monday, a wedding ring that the 23-year-old airman was wearing at the time of the crash was returned to his family, bringing closure to a tragedy that had dragged on for seven decades.