The body of an Australian World War II Spitfire pilot whose remains were found in a French field last year has finally been buried in northern France. Sgt William Smith was buried with full military honours at a service near Cassel attended by his 84-year-old brother Bert and other family members.

It was thought Sgt Smith, who was based in Surrey, was shot down over the Channel off Dover by an enemy pilot. But his remains were discovered in a French field by a Sussex historian.

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