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.
A grandfather who thought he had found a precious silver ring in the ground ran for his life after discovering it was a pin attached to a hand grenade.
John Hill, 67, was with his family scouring farmland with a metal detector when he stumbled across the shiny metal loop.
He pulled what he hoped was an ancient ring from the ground but then discovered the ring was attached to a pin hanging out of a live Second World War grenade.
Dartford Civic Centre was evacuated on Saturday (Nov 2) after a metal detector enthusiast bought in an unexploded Second World War bomb.
Police sealed off the building for almost three hours after the man took in the shell which he had found in Otford.
A bomb disposal team was called in to destroy the device.
A British Army spokesman said: “It was a historic mortar bomb from the Second World War.
Metal detecting enthusiasts have found a wartime identification plate on a north Devon beach and believe it belonged to the father of a Stourport woman.
In February, Paul Fordham and his six-year-old daughter Maya were scanning a beach near their home in Barnstaple.
It was an area used during the Second World War for D-Day preparation, testing of weapons and training by UK and US troops.
One of the items found and collected by the pair was a metal plate, which they initially thought nothing of and stored in a scrap metal box.
Several months after the find, Mr Fordham and his daughter cleaned the plate and discovered the words “S.B.Whitten S.LT. R.N.V.R.”