RAF fighter laid to rest with military honours after 78 years thanks to signet ring find

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FS Hurrell had been flying in a formation of six planes on an armed reconnaissance sortie over north Arnhem, near the border with Germany, when the group was attacked by as many as sixty Messerschmitt 109s of the Luftwaffe.

According to reports, eyewitnesses at the time saw the aircraft crash in farmlands, and a search the following day revealed the wreckage, which was submerged in water in a crater.

An investigation the following year found a signet ring at the crash site bearing FS Hurrell’s initials, and this was enough to consider the downed plane his.

Identifying markings on what remained of the aircraft were used to confirm the earlier belief, as part of the Netherlands’ national aircraft recovery programme.



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