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Radio Noon - The American Military searches for remains at a World War II crash site near Botwood.

During World War II, Botwood served as a refueling center for the American Military's flying boats. They could land on water and were frequently used to cross the Atlantic. In 1942, one of those flying boats - the Excalibur - crashed shortly after takeoff from Botwood. Eleven passengers and crew were killed. At least three bodies were never recovered. Warren Lessing's father was one of the missing. Now a special American military unit is in Botwood, diving at the site of the crash, searching for human remains.

 

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