The Sahara gives up a wartime mystery

Poignant story in the Daily Mail the other day about the World War II  plane found in the Sahara desert. When RAF Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping went missing in June 1942 he was just another casualty in a desert campaign that had already seen thousands die.

Almost 70 years later his plane has been found, practically untouched…a ghostly reminder of the cost of war. Copping managed to crash-land his Kittyhawk p-40  and survive the impact only to end up wandering the scorching sands in search of help.

His fate in the searing heat of the Sahara doesn’t bear thinking about. However, the photos of his bullet-riddled plane are quite extraordinary. It is a relic of a bygone age when the world tore itself asunder.

Whether Copping’s own remains will ever be found is debatable. It’s reckoned he could have covered a distance of 20 miles before he succumbed to the temperature. Searching a 20-miles radius of barren desert for a few weatherd bones is no easy feat. Part of the mystery of what happened to the Flight Sergeant all those years ago may have finally been answered but the other question of where his remains lie seems likely to be lost in the sands of time.

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I am a journalist, author and book editor. I have published five novels - four (Tan, The Golden Grave, A Time of Traitors and Patriots' Blood) set during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, and the fifth (High Crimes), a modern thriller. I'm a history enthusiast who loves a good yarn.
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4 Responses to The Sahara gives up a wartime mystery

  1. nerdlovewords says:

    Ignore the earlier comment… I sent the wrong link I think.

    This wreck reminds me of this:

  2. graham64 says:

    I wonder if there are any undiscovered WW2 aircraft wrecks in the dense jungle of Papua New Guinea – like the Sahara, it is a place that is visited by very few people.

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