Beverly man returns lost WW II diary to airman's family

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BEVERLY, Ohio (WTAP) - The date was Aug. 13, 1944.

A bomber known as The Tomahawk Warrior goes down in England, instantly killing nine crew members.

A diary belonging to the aircraft's navigator was unlisted by the Air Force. As a result, it ended up in the trash, where Edgar Ginther found it and brought it home from the war.

He kept the diary of Saul Kempner at his home, where it remained all but untouched until 2013. That's when he showed it to his son, Martin, who immediately took it upon himself to do something with the diary.

He said he tried to donate it to museums and researched the bomber group, trying to find relatives of the dead navigator. Eventually, he found a man in Texas, who witnessed the plane crash in England all those years ago.

“So I had gotten hold of him, and before he traveled from Texas to Ohio, he had gotten hold of Kempner’s family, which is the guy that wrote the diary,” Martin Ginther said.

Ginther was able to return the diary to Kempner's family in Michigan
earlier this year.

You can see more about the diary on WTAP News @ 6 on Friday, Aug. 30.