I think, although it was set in WWII, it was made in the late 60s or early 70s.
It sounds like you're talking about "Sole Survivor", which was made in the seventies.
But the actor, who is still well remembered for playing the TV detective for a decade from 1981, has revealed how he was outcast by his friends for being involved in the three-part expose about the Nazi occupation of Jersey during the Second World War.
At the time Nettles had no idea that the show would receive such a hostile reception from the islanders and thought it would be an interesting chance to learn more about the island he had spent so much time in.
The film (definitely not a twilight Zone story) was set in the desert and consisted of the dead crew of the crashed aircraft not knowing they were dead until their colleagues suddenly began disappearing as their bodies were found.
The final "survivor" was almost left alone by the plane until his body was found and his ghost released.
Reminders of the occupation, such as this German fortification, can still be seen on Jersey Those who remained were left to fend for themselves under a strict German regime with Jersey occupied from July 1, 1940, until May 9, 1945.
Many were left completely isolated with limited rations and no way of escape.
The plot for The Survivor was that one man survives a plane crash (I think totally unharmed) and in his struggle to come to terms with this uncovers the fact that the plane was sabotaged/blown up. He is a manifestation of the will of all the lost souls and as soon as the truth is reveals he dies. That was a different story where a survivor of a crash became a highranking officer who had wrongly claimed that his plane had gone down in the Mediterranean.I still don't know the name of the film and would love to know it.I sent this very enquiry to "Empire" film magazine last year and they confirmed that the film is indeed Sole Survivior, a TV movie made in the early 1970's and starring , amongst others, William Shatner.I am afraid I can't help with the title, but I can assure you that it is not your imagination (unless we are both crazy!) One person did suggest that it may have been a "Twilight Zone" episode, but I remember it as a feature length film.