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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at the grave of his uncle, Joe Wallace who died two days after the end of WWII in a plane accident flying home from the war. Wallace is buried on the Wallace family plot in northeast Charlotte. McLaughlin visited the grave on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, says before his uncle, Joe Wallace, served in WWII that the pair would hunt and fish in and around Mallard Creek. Wallace died in a plane crash returning home after serving two years in WWII. McLaughlin talked about his uncle on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Three photos of Joe Wallace, bottom left walking in Columbia, SC, a portrait of Wallace made at the Franklin Studio in Charlotte and his obituary photo. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Joe Wallace gravesite rests in the Wallace family plot in northeast Charlotte. Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at a photo of his uncle, Joe Wallace, who died in a plane crash two days after WWII ended returning home to North Carolina. McLaughlin looked at photos of Wallace on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, his cousin, Richard Wallace, and his wife Lucy McLaughlin looked at family photos of Joe Wallace, who died in a plane crash returning home from WWII and other family members on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at the grave of his uncle, Joe Wallace who died two days after the end of WWII in a plane accident flying home from the war. Wallace is buried on the Wallace family plot in northeast Charlotte. McLaughlin visited the grave on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Joe Wallace posed for a photo with Ruby Lee Padgett who eventually married his brother after WWII. Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at the grave of his uncle, Joe Wallace who died two days after the end of WWII in a plane accident flying home from the war. Wallace is buried on the Wallace family plot in northeast Charlotte. McLaughlin visited the grave on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Joe Wallace's obituary and photo from 1945. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A portrait of Joe Wallace was made at the Franklin Studio in Charlotte. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, and his cousin, Richard Wallace, 66, looked at photos of their uncle, Joe Wallace, who died in a place crash while returning home fear two days after WWII ended in 1945. The pair got together on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, flips through some of the letters his uncle, Joe Wallace, sent home while serving in WWII on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at photos of his uncle, Joe Wallace, who died in a plane crash returning home from WWII. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dale McLaughlin, 76, looks at the grave of his uncle, Joe Wallace who died two days after the end of WWII in a plane accident flying home from the war. Wallace is buried on the Wallace family plot in northeast Charlotte. McLaughlin visited the grave on Friday January 24, 2014. Joe Wallace had been two years at war and was trying to get home, back to Huntersville to be with his six siblings who he hadn't seen in such a long time. He hitched a ride on a B-17 bomber bound for the United States after stopping in Casablanca. The plane never made it, colliding with another B-17 and falling tailless in a heap of rubble near Braintree, England. It was May 10, 1945 -- two days after World War II ended in Europe. Now a group wants to memorialize the crew with a monument and hold a ceremony on the 70th anniversary in 2015. They are working to find relatives, like Dale McLaughlin, Wallace's nephew, of the dead.
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