Pilot's plane found in Himalayas 69 years after it vanished

Pilot's plane found in Himalayas 69 years after it vanishedStock photo: PA

A family searching for the plane of an American pilot have finally found it - 69 years after he disappeared.

The C-47 transport aircraft was 13,400ft up a Himalayan mountain, and is thought to be the final resting place of its pilot, Jimmy Browne, who was just 21 when he was shot down on a flight between Kunming in China, and Dinjan, India, on 17 November, 1942.

Browne's cousin Bob Willett joined forces with wealthy businesman and adventurer Clayton Kuhles, who led a team that found and identified the wreckage in China's Yunnan Province, according to the Daily Mail.

Jimmy Browne was on a mission for the China National Aviation Corp during the Japanese occupation of China, and delivered gasoline and ammunition to Kunming before heading back to Dinjan over the Himalayas when he disappeared.

It is thought there are still hundreds of airmen still unrecovered in the Himalayan mountains.

Meanwhile, it was last week suggested that the Himalayas is home to the most dangerous airport in the world.

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