World War II pilot's remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later

For more than 70 years a tree protected the remains of a World War II fighter pilot from Washington state whose plane crashed in Germany in 1945.

The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William Gray of Kirkland were returned to his family Friday for a burial at Tahoma National Cemetery with full military honors.

The 21-year-old Gray was on a dive-bombing mission on April 16, 1945, when his single-seat P-47D aircraft clipped a tree and crashed in Lindau.

The Defense POW/MIA said investigators recovered Gray’s remains last year. Two people who saw Gray’s plane go down told the investigators where to look, Q13 Fox reported Friday. The investigators were in Lindau on another recovery mission. 

“The bones they found were embedded in the tree,” Gray’s niece Jan Bradshaw told the station.

Her brother Doug Louvier added, “It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot.”

Gray was buried side-by-side with his best friend—Bradshaw and Louvier’s father.

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jim Louvier returned home from the war and was 89 when he died in 2010.

As they went off to the war together after enlisting, Louvier made a pact with his buddy. They each promised to take care of the other’s family if anything happened to either one of them.

Bradshaw told the station that her father kept his word. He married Gray's younger sister, her mother.

“I know he loved her dearly and committed to her for 64 years before he died,” she said of her father.

Louvier was cremated after he died but his children didn’t know what do with the ashes—until Friday.

“We couldn’t decide what to do and now we know why,” Bradshaw said.

 

Recent articles

Vivo V19

Vivo has just launched the company's latest smartphone Vivo V19 in India as expected.

Realme Nazro 10

Realme has launched the company’s latest Nazro series smartphones- Realme Nazro 10 and Nazro 10A in India.

LG Stylo 6

Here is the first look of LG's new entry-level/midrange smartphone - LG Stylo 6 which was shared by reliable leakster Evan Blass.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi India has just unveiled it's latest flagship killer- Xiaomi Mi 10 5G smartphone in India.

LG Velvet

After several teasers and rumors, LG has finally unveiled the company's latest 5G smartphone- LG Velvet on May 7 in South Korea. The company has also revealed the pricing and availability details of the phone.

Now, LG has started pre-registration for its LG G8X ThinQ smartphone and other products as the coronavirus lockdown in India continues.

Vivo has introduced the “Vivo Smart Retail” system on Sunday that lets people buy Vivo smartphones offline from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment.

LG Premier Pro Plus

The South Korean company-LG is currently working on a new entry-level smartphone- LG Premier Pro Plus( LG L455DL). Now, the specifications and user manual of LG Premier Pro Plus have spotted on Google Play Console listing.

Honor

Honor has introduced three new 9 series budget-friendly smartphones - Honor 9A, Honor 9C, and Honor 9S in Russia on Wednesday.

LG Velvet

LG has now announced that the company's midrange redesigned smartphone- LG Velvet will be unveiled on May 7 in an online event.