Mystery of missing U.S. World War 2 pilot downed over South Pacific island jungle solved after 31 years

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The mystery of how a U.S. World War 2 fighter pilot met his grisly end after crashing in a South Pacific island jungle has been revealed - after 31 years of painstaking work.

Lt Moszek Murray Zanger was initially believed to have been shot and killed immediately after being captured by the Japanese following his 4,000ft parachuting out of his Corsair.

He had collided midair with his wingman while out on patrol over Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

But a dogged forensic investigation has discovered he was in fact beaten, tried to flee in an inflatable dinghy and was captured by a Japanese Navy patrol boat....

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