The grandson of a British WW2 pilot has tracked down the wreckage of his grandfather’s plane on the Norwegian mountainside after footage of the crash site emerged on YouTube.
Royal Navy Commander Phil Richardson, from Hampshire, journeyed to Norway to locate the remains of the Flying Grumman Hellcat Fighter Bomber, which was hit during a daring raid on a German warship.
His grandfather Lt Cdr Ron Richards was only 27-years-old when he was sent on a mission to attack the battleship Tirpitz, the pride of the German Navy, that was mounting attacks on the Arctic convoys.
Although he was pronounced dead during the war, the wreckage of his hellcat fighter remained unknown up until now.
It was only after footage which identified a crash site 3,000ft up a remote mountain appeared on YouTube that Mr Richardson was able to pinpoint the exact coordinates of the aircraft’s landing point.
A spell of warm weather also helped to expose the site, situated in a secluded area 500km inside the Arctic Circle.