05/30/2014 01:14 EDT | Updated 07/30/2014 05:59 EDT

WW2 aircraft and remains discovered on Vancouver Island mountainside

A Second World War training aircraft and the remains of four airmen who went missing in 1942 have been recovered from a remote logging site on Vancouver Island.

The Avro Anson aircraft went missing on October 30, 1942, when it left the air force base at Patricia Bay in Sidney on a navigational training flight.

After the aircraft failed to return to the base as planned, searches failed to locate any wreckage.

Then last October a logging crew working on a remote mountainside on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew came up on the wreckage.

The Department of National Defence surveyed the site and discovered the remains of the four airmen, but conditions at the time made it too difficult to recover them.

Then this month specialists from the B.C. Coroners Service returned to the site with DND and were able to recover and eventually identify the remains.

The surviving family members were then contacted to let them know of the discovery.

The four airmen included one Canadian, Sgt. William Baird from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and three members of the British Royal Air Force: Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence, and Sgt. Robert Ernest Luckock.

Google Maps: Port Renfrew, B.C.