A RAF five-man bomber crew who died during World War II has been buried in one coffin 72 years after they died.
Sergeant Norman Foster, Flying Officer Alex Bone, Sgt Raymond Rooney, Sgt Raymond White and Sgt Cyril Yelland were buried with full military honours in front of their families.
The wreckage of their Lancaster plane and the remains of the five men were uncovered buried in a German field in 2012.
While returning to Britain in 1943 from a sortie in Czechoslovakia, the aircraft was shot down.
Hazel Snedker, 75 – Sgt Foster’s daughter – read out a poem during the funeral in Germany.
She stated that it was a very emotional event and that there were quite a few tears. She added that there is finally closure after many years, and the families now know what happened to them.
Uwe Benkel, the German historian whose work helped locate the aircraft commented that it was an honour to be there and meet the families of the bomber crew.
It had been assumed that the Lancaster ED427 containing the five-man bomber crew came down over the North Sea.
However, four years ago a German team of historians found a surviving eye-witness who saw the plane crash in a field close to Frankfurt.
The remains were buried in Durnbach near Munich at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery.