There was recently news regarding a story of a former US military pilot who crash landed his plane somewhere in the southwest. He was accused of flying the airplane to Mexico to deliver it to the Russians. The Russians then supposedly dropped him off in the desert from which he walked back to civilization. I believe this was Post WWII & Korea. The pilot lived with the accusation his entire life despite claiming his innocence despite the plane never being found.
The wreckage was just recently found, vindicating the pilot although he had passed away some years ago.
Any help would be appreciated. My google searches came up with many defection stories and red herrings. I know the story is recent. I just can't find it.