Friday, August 13, 2021

Mystery Resolved

Continuing where I left off yesterday, this is a copy of a letter sent to the Kyle family following the war confirming that their son was presumed dead along with the other members of his air crew.

The discovery of the wreckage of the plane decades later resolved the mystery. A video display featured clips of the funeral services for the six men, whose remains were recovered along with portions of the wreckage. Below the monitor, a Canadian flag was draped over a display in the way you expect of a coffin. Looking at the video, I realized I remembered this from the news at the time.

Nearby, some of the wreckage is displayed, in glass cases on the walls and in the floor. The walls have a photographic display evoking the jungle in which the crash site hid the wreckage for decades. Small bits and pieces reinforce how violent the crash must have been.

For today I finish off with this, which starts to close out the exhibition.


  1. Hello,
    It is sad. I am glad the family could have a burial service.
    Take care, have a great day and happy weekend!

  2. Impressive stories again. In the soft Dutch peat soil, a shot down bomber is also occasionally found. Even then, missing persons can sometimes still be converted into a death certificate.

  3. ...knowing and having closure is important.

  4. I can’t even imagine what it was like to get one of those letters.

  5. Thanks again for sharing, even if it is very sad.

  6. Thoughtful exhibit, being close to the artifacts on display increases empathy for the lost and their love ones.

  7. @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Gattina: very much so.

    @Eileen: closure is important.

    @Jan: that is true.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @Marie: a wound that would never heal.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Maywyn: this exhibit got it right.

  8. Sad history but needs to be told.

  9. I wonder how many of the family were around to mark the end of these airmen?

  10. A tragic story but I'm glad they were found and their families were told what happened to them.

  11. Glad the 'mystery' was solved ~ closure for the families ~ Wonderful exhibit ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. wow so sad but glad you remembered them by showing us the story :)

  13. Sigo leyendo y estando atenta a tus publicaciones.

  14. @RedPat: indeed.

    @Magiceye: it does.

    @Red: siblings, perhaps wives or children. Even nephews or nieces. Unlikely to still have had parents.

    @Denise: as am I.

    @Nancy: indeed.

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @Carol: closure helps.

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Anita: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  15. I can't imagine any parent getting news of their child's death, devastating.

  16. History was one of my favorite classes in school.

  17. He uncertainty of what happened to their son must have been the worst.

  18. It's good that the aircraft was found and the full story known.

  19. The story of Kyle was very poignant. It must have been so very hard to be that family.

  20. i can not imagine. feel for the families and friends.