Downed WW2 airman’s ring returned to sister

Downed WW2 airman’s ring returned to sister

Downed WW2 airman’s ring returned to sister

Written by Staff Writer

10 Mar, 2015 | 7:26 pm

A gold ring has been returned to the sister of the World War Two airman who died when his plane came down in Albania in 1944.

Dorothy Webster was handed the wedding band at a special ceremony that was the culmination of an extraordinary series of events.

Her brother, Flight Sergeant John Thompson, was given the ring when he married Joyce Mozeley in June 1944.

He spent just a weekend with his wife before being posted abroad from where he took part in sorties to supply Albanian rebels.

The ring was found by Albanian Jaho Cala in 1960 while he was collecting metal and wood in the mountains of the then Stalinist state.

It took another 55 years, and the chance finding of the plane, before he was able to return it to Sgt Thompson’s family.

At the ceremony in Albania’s Defence Ministry, Mr Cala’s son Xhemil kneeled as he handed the ring to Mrs Webster, along with a fuel gauge from the aircraft and a piece of rock from the mountain that brought it down.

Source: Sky News

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