Myers, then 27, crashed with five Americans on the Italian island of Sicily in July 1943. The men were headed to Sciacca Airfield on the western part of the island in a B-25 Mitchell bomber.
However, the plane never reached its destination because it was shot down near the airport, and Myers, who piloted the machine, could not be found for many decades. As a result, the man was declared missing. Now, however, according to the IFL Science website, specialized forensic techniques have contributed to finding the second lieutenant’s remains.
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Forensic experts from Cranfield University carried out excavations at the site of the disaster. The search was very thorough, because their goal was to find even the smallest fragment that would allow the identification of Myers, who disappeared 80 years earlier.-
The wet sifting method mentioned by the scientist involves filtering the finds through water. As a result of this process, potential debris is separated from any dirt. Thanks to this, experts managed to identify human remains, which were then transferred to the DPAA laboratory, where DNA analysis was performed. Scientists from this largest institution of this type in the world confirmed that the remains found belong to Myers.
Apart from the remains of the pilot, who was 27 at the time of the crash, the remains of a B-25 Mitchel bomber were also identified at the excavation site. This is a machine used in World War II, whose role was to carry bombs weighing up to 2.7 thousand. kg over enemy territory.