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Skeletal Remains Found in Sunken War Planes
Community News Human skeletal remains were found along with the wrecks of two British war planes missing for 60 years in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.

Two divers came across the remains during a recent dive between Mornington and Frankston.

The two British aircraft crashed into the bay during a training exercise in July, 1947.

Four people were killed but only one body was recovered at the time, but divers Paul Roadknight and Steve Boneham located the remains of one pilot still inside one of the wrecked aircraft about 20m below the surface of the bay.

They found the remains of another pilot next to the wreck of the second aircraft.

There was no information about the possible whereabouts of the fourth victim.

The wreckage of the two British Royal Navy single engined Fairy Firefly trainers is considered a significant archaeological find.

Mr Roadknight has tracked down the families of the dead pilots and a memorial is planned for next week, on the 60th anniversary of the crash.

Britain's Ministry of Defence is believed to support plans not to disturb the pilots' remains.

A permanent memorial to the victims could be built onshore, close to the crash site.

Heritage Victoria warns that tampering with wrecks is an offence that carries a heavy fine.

Posted by lloyd_borrett on Fri, 13 Jul 2007 11:51 AM (1978 reads)

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Re: Skeletal Remains Found in Sunken War Planes (Score: 1 )
by spfennell on Mon, 03 Dec 2007 12:20 AM
What's the plans for this site long term? Will this become a permit only dive site or is this off limits permanently?

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