Remains of Second World War Canadian airman positively ID'd

Poppies are left at the Cenotaph in Central Memorial Park in Calgary in this November 11, 2013 file...

Poppies are left at the Cenotaph in Central Memorial Park in Calgary in this November 11, 2013 file photo. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 PM ET

Human remains found in wreckage in a German lake have been positively identified as a Canadian airman who fought in the Second World War.

The Department of National Defence said Monday the remains of Flight Sgt. John Joseph Carey of Ottawa were discovered during dives in the Laacher See, located south of Bonn, in 2008. Genetic testing done in December revealed the identity.

Carey, who was born in Winnipeg, was a front air gunner who took off from RAF Station Elsham Wolds in the late evening on Aug. 28, 1943, but was never heard from again. The bomber he was flying was shot down by an enemy fighter aircraft and crashed into the lake.

Veterans Affairs lists Carey's death as Aug. 29, 1943. He was 22.

Carey's remains will be interred at Rheinberg War Cemetery in Germany on July 9 with members of his family and representatives from the Canadian government on hand, a release said.


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