Chris Muir's Day By Day

Thursday, August 28, 2008

60 Years Later, Still Stuck In The Tree

The body of a WWII airman has been found in Papua New Guinea, still dangling from his parachute harness, where he apparently died in the triple-canopy jungle.

Right now military authorities haven't even recovered the body, which was found by a hiker. It's not certain if the body is that of an American, Australian or even Japanese airman.

It is to be hoped that his death came suddenly, perhaps with a snapped neck as he crashed through the tree branches; remaining there for the week or so that it would have taken to die of thirst, in pain and afflicted by insects, would have been a hellish death.

Perhaps a family will finally find out the fate of their father/husband/brother.

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