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There's a fascinating blog post about the discovery and excavation in Kubán, Russia of a Messerschmitt 109 from WWII. The pilot has been identified as Lieutenant Adolf von Gordon, who failed to return from a mission on April 20, 1943. Found with his remains in the fighter plane was a signet ring with his family's coat of arms engraved into it.
The post also includes a color painting of the arms.
The men who excavated the Me-109G-4 are looking for relatives of the pilot in order to return the ring to the family.