18 Feb 2008

Remains returned to Solomons after mistaken for NZers

2:52 pm on 18 February 2008

The New Zealand police are to return skeletal remains of two people to Solomon Islands after it was confirmed they are not of New Zealand servicemen killed in a plane crash during the Second World War.

New Zealand police serving with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands uplifted the remains last year after they were discovered on Malaita Island.

Villagers suggested they could have been from a crash on the island in May 1942.

Five servicemen were killed when a Royal New Zealand Air Force Ventura bomber aircraft crashed and exploded on the island.