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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, July 17, 2017

American Pilot's Remains Found in Tree

Gray1st Lieutenant William J. Gray Jr., an American fighter pilot during WWII, lost his life while attempting to carry out a bombing mission near Lindau, Germany in 1945. The family he left behind endured their grief without Gray's body as nothing could be recovered after Gray's plane clipped a tree and crashed. Over seventy years later, investigators working on a separate recovery mission happened upon Gray's bones embedded in the roots of a tree in Lindau. The remains were flown to Seattle, Washington and are now buried next to Gray's best friend, Jim Louvier. After the war, Louvier married Gray's sister and fulfilled a pact the pair had made to care for the other's family if one did not make it home.

See Jessica Chia, Remains of WWII Fighter Pilot Who Died During a 1945 Mission over Germany Are Found Embedded in the Root of a TREE and Returned to His Family More than 70 Years Later, DailyMail.com, July 15, 2017.

Special thanks to Molly Neace for bringing this article to my attention. 


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