In April, 1943, a German teenager watched a British Lancaster ED 427 bomber crash as it was shot down over Germany. The teenager visited the wreckage the following day. The British always listed the plane and its crew as "missing." Yet it wasn't missing at all. Instead, all the British had to do was to ask the right person, the eyewitness. He always knew the precise location but word of that location did not get back to British authorities until a few weeks ago. Now German researcher Uwe Benkel will lead an excavation to recover the Lancaster and, it’s hoped, the plane’s seven-member crew Saturday morning from a field outside Laumersheim, 10 miles west of Mannheim. If successful, the dig will put to rest a decades-old mystery.
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