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Winnipeg-born airman's remains finally buried

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The remains of a Canadian airman born in Winnipeg who died in the Second World War have finally been laid to rest.

Flight Sgt. John Joseph Carey was buried Wednesday with full military honours at Rheinberg War Cemetery in Rheinberg, Germany, according to a press release from the Department of National Defence.

Members of Carey’s family were on hand, along with other dignitaries.

Carey was a 22-year-old Halifax bomber airgunner whose plane was shot down by an enemy fighter in August 1942. The bomber crashed in Laacher See, a lake south of Bonn, Germany.

His remains were found in 2008 by German divers and they were positively identified earlier this year.

Of the seven-man aircrew of the Halifax bomber, three survived. The remains of two others were recovered and buried in 1947. The remains of one airman are still missing.

Though he was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 4, 1920, Carey grew up in Ottawa.

 

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