8 Mar 2021

NZ World War II Airman's body found 79 years after death

From Morning Report, 8:49 am on 8 March 2021

A 79-year-old puzzle has been solved after the remains of a New Zealand World War II airman were confirmed at a wreckage site in Germany.

Southland man, sergeant Henry Pullar, was the rear gunner in a heavy bomber which was shot down over Vechta in December, 1942.

Only the pilot's body had previously been recovered but excavation work in 2019 uncovered the 75th New Zealand Squadron RAF plane, which carried six other airmen.

DNA testing has recently confirmed the remains of Henry Pullar, who at 25 was the oldest person on board.

Sergeant Pullar's niece Pam Compton spoke to Corin Dann.