Wartime airmen laid to rest

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The Independent Online
Two airmen were finally laid to rest more than 50 years after being killed in the Second World War plane crash. Air gunner Robert Banks, 31, and bomber Arthur Henderson, 21, were listed as missing presumed killed after their Lancaster crashed near Sleaford, Lincs, in March, 1945, because of difficulties in identifying bodies. The identities were resolved by archaeologists.

Flt Sgt Henderson's sister, Jennie Studholme, 68, travelled from her home in Sherburn, Co Durham, to say a final farewell. "It was very moving," she said. "All I and my parents knew until now was that he was missing presumed killed. It's a pity they aren't still alive to finally say farewell to him."

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