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Parts found in plane WWII veteran survived crash in

FINDLAY, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Jim Logsdon is buried at St. Michael's  Cemetary in Findlay.

He died in 2006 at the age of 85.

On this Memorial Day weekend, there's one amazing story about this World War II veteran that has his son very proud of his dad.

Jim was a B-26 pilot stationed in Corsica, Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corps 320th Bomber Group.

In November, 1944, he was shot down over Italy by German fighter planes while on a wartime mission.

Two crewmembers died but four survived.

They ended up in a German prisoner of war camp which was liberated by U.S. troops in January, 1945.

Jim never talked about the crash until months before his death.

"You could tell he still had a lot of feelings about that. He had a lot of feelings about the crewmembers who didn't survive. It really bothered him" say's Jim's son, Jim Logsdon.

Witnessing the airfight was a young Italian boy named Odorica Tonello.

Years later, using a metal detector, he found what he believed were fragments of Jim's plane.

The younger Logsdon received them in the mail last fall.

"It's something that I'll always have from a day that changed his life."

So how did Odorica Tonello know these were the pieces of Jim's plane?

Before being captured by the Germans after the crash, Jim introduced himself to a nun Tonello met years later.

"And he had spoken to the nun there. And he talked about how a nun told him the pilot that was captured was named James Logsdon.

The Army confirmed the name for Tonello.

"It could have been the only plane that would have gone down in that area. The parts do matchup to a B-26" says Jim.

Jim's only regret is that his father never lived to hold the parts of his plane in his hand.

"I think is would have brought a smile to his face. It's something he had put behind him. I think all of us seek some sort of closure in our lives. I think it would have been good."

Jim Logsdon was awarded a Purple Heart for that bomber mission, yet another story about those who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the freedom we have today. 

Copyright 2012 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

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