A long-time Arrowtown resident, whose RAF Bomber Command uncle has been unearthed after being shot down over Germany 79 years ago, says it’s hugely satisfying for her family to have found him after all this time.
Adrienne Chalmers’ uncle, Sergeant Henry ‘Mick’ Pullar’s remains were discovered in 2019, five metres underground where excavators located the tail of a World War II Stirling bomber. Mick, who was seconded to the British Airforce, was the eldest of the crew at 25 and a rear gunner in the plane which crashed on December 17, 1942, carrying 1000 pound of bombs. Eye witness records from 1942 say the plane exploded on impact and the wreckage continued to burn for about four hours. It had been on a low-flying flight (about 900m) to pinpoint its target when the Stirling was struck from astern by a Dornier DO 217 J-1 launched from nearby Vechta airfield.