John Joseph Carey's remains ID'd 72 years after WW II death
Canadian's aircraft was shot down on Aug. 28, 1942, but remains not recovered until 2008
The remains of a 22-year-old World War II airman found in 2008 in a lake in Germany, has been identified as Canadian Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey of Ottawa.
Carey — who was born in Winnipeg in 1920 before his family moved to Ottawa — was a member of 103 Squadron and the front air-gunner for the Royal Air Force bomber Halifax BB214.
The aircraft took off from RAF Station Elsham Wolds on Aug. 28, 1942, and was shot down by enemy aircraft. The bomber crashed in Laacher See, a lake south of Bonn, Germany.
It wasn't until 2008 when a team of German explosives disposal divers investigated the aircraft's cargo that his remains were recovered.
A genetic donor for Carey was located in December 2013, resulting in a positive identification of the remains in February, according to the Department of National Defence.
His remains will be interred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery in Rheinberg, Germany, on July 9. Representatives from his family, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Government of Canada will attend the ceremony, the Department of National Defence said in a statement.
His death had previously been marked at the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, U.K., where the names of airmen with no known grave are recorded.