If I had been a pilot in WW II I would have disappeared in a P-51C or maybe a mK 9 Spitfire. Good thing he's bringing it back, probably geting too old to fly it. (No, I didn't read the article.)
You really should have read the article. It is not to joke about.
The pilot was killed in a mid-air collision but apparently the crash site could not be found and therefore death not confirmed. Listed "MIA presumed dead" I would think. It seems his a/c burrowed in 18' on impact
Well, he and his a/c remains have been found. Apparently, he uncharacteristically had a wallet with considerable amount of papers in them that will tell his family much about his service. At least, at last, they may put him to his final rest.
I had an uncle listed MIA in WWII. Members of the family recounted the anguish of not knowing his fate. Ours had a happy ending however. He turned out to be alive and in a German POW camp. Some SNAFU prevented notification of his capture and imprisonment. He dang near got killed in there though, and had he, we likely never would have known.
He said they used to trade things from the Red Cross kits through the wire with German kids for onions, potatoes and the like. The risk was, you had to cross the 'dead wire' to do it. The deal was tipping the guards. However, one day a guard must have had a mad on and took a shot at Uncle. The bullet missed but the rifle blast caught him in the head doing some damage. He survived but was ever after disabled to some extent.
He got home just in time for his Birthday so a big party/picnic was thrown for the whole family (He was one of 15 kids. Big Hillbilly family.) and it became an annual tradition to celebrate so at his house. Like so many, he is gone now.
I know this has nothing to do with aviation but, is in line with the topic story I believe and thought, might be of interest.