One morning recently, I had an instant message chat with Ian Carter, an Australian living in Southeast China, and learned that in 1944 an American B-24 Liberator bomber vanished without a trace. Then fifty-two years later, in 1996, farmers discovered the bomber’s wreck and the remains of the ten-man crew.
These Americans are considered heroes (more about this story here) to the Chinese, and the remains of the crew were returned to the United States for burial.
There’s a memorial stone near the crash site and Chinese tourists pay honor to these Americans by leaving flowers and other gifts. To honor these heroes further, the Chinese recovered some of the bomber’s parts that were used as a centrepiece for a museum in Xing’an, about four hours from the crash site.
You can read more about Ian Carter’s discovery on Mao’er Shan (Little Cat Mountain), Southern China’s highest peak, at his Blog.