A fascinating treasure chest owned by a Royal Air Force pilot, British diplomat and OBE recipient was discovered during a house clearance - sparking a nationwide search for the family which ended in success.
Nicola Turner, 52, of Radlett, Hertfordshire, unearthed the 23ft by 3ft metal and wooden chest when clearing out an annex of her late mother-in-law's house – and found it belonged to a Flight Lieutenant Rex Goring-Morris.
The chest was full of historical and personal records relating to Fl Lt Goring-Morris who died in 1988 aged 62, including sketches, flight log books, passports and diaries about his time in the RAF and the diplomatic service.
This led Mrs Turner on a search for information – and she employed the help of Danny Curran from the BBC show Heir Hunters, discovering that Fl Lt Goring-Morris served in the RAF from 1945 to 1968.
He then transferred to the Foreign Office in 1968 and in November 1974 was part of the team that successfully negotiated the release of the passengers of a hijacked British Airways VC-10 while on the ground at Dubai Airport.
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