WORLD WAR II AUSTRALIAN AIRMEN TO BE LAID TO REST IN PNG

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LAE, Papua New Guinea (January 13, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Two Australian airmen killed in a World War II plane crash in Papua New Guinea are to be buried with full military honors today, more than 50 years after they died.

Flight-Lieutenant Denis Jack Unkles and army observer Lieutenant John Rawden Fetherstonhaugh took off from the Gusap airstrip on April 15, 1944, for a reconnaissance flight over the Wantoat area.

They never returned.

The wreckage of their plane and the remains of the two men were discovered late last year in Papua New Guinea's rugged Finisterre Ranges.

The Australian air force has flown about 30 relatives of the dead men to Papua New Guinea for the funeral, which is to be held at the war cemetery in Lae.

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