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The remains of an RAF Anson aircraft and Pilot Officer Charles George Fox have been discovered by a logging company in Canada.  The discovery hopes to end the mystery of what happened to this training flight in October 1942 when it failed to return after running into poor weather conditions.

The discovery prompted the RAF to mount a search for Pilot Officer Charles George Fox’s surviving family so they can finally give him a proper burial.  RAFVR Pilot Officer Charles George Fox was one of four people on board an RAF Anson aircraft which took off from the Patricia Bay base in British Columbia and never returned.

A four-day search failed to reveal what happened to RAFVR Pilot Officer Charles George Fox and the other crew members, Sgt William Baird, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Pilot Officer Anthony Lawrence and Sgt Robert Lucock, both 21-year-old RAF reserves. All were listed as ‘killed with no known grave’.

Sue Raftree, of the MoD said: “We know from our records that Charles married a Marion Elizabeth Hickman in May 1937, had two children Peter and Christopher and worked within the distribution organisation of biscuit manufacturers Peek, Frean & Co. Christopher is believed to have married a lady called Pat, has two daughters and is believed to be in the Manchester area. Unfortunately that is all we know about him and his family and that’s where the trail goes cold. We would very much like to track down any of Charles’ family with a view to inviting them to any possible future re-internment ceremony.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 01452 712 612 extension 6303 or 7495.

Source: Manchester News. 

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