A look at the Defence news 14 - 20 September

Human remains have been found during the recovery of the wreckage of a Short Stirling bomber in the Markermeer. The Royal Netherlands Army Recovery and Identification Service (BIDKL) is currently investigating the identity of the remains.  

The work ship Bisam with the excavator on it sets sail on 31 August.
The work ship Bisam with the excavator on it sets sail on 31 August.

It had earlier been established by means of the engine serial numbers that the wreckage was of missing aircraft BK716 of the Royal Air Force. The bomber crashed into the Markermeer in the Second World War. There were 7 crewmembers on board.

It will first be officially established whether the remains found are actually of the missing crewmembers of the aircraft, after which the number of individuals to whom the remains belong will be determined. This will be investigated at the BIDKL’s laboratory in Soesterberg over the coming weeks.

The recovery of BK716 started on 31 August and will continue for the next 3 weeks.