AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, MN was honored to assist in the relay of the poignant life story and service of 1st Lt Loren Hintz who was killed in action flying a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter over Italy on April 21, 1945.
Relive the remarkable excavation captured by Eric Trueblood of AirCorps Aviation who assisted the family in their 12 year quest which culminated with the excavation on July 23, 2016. The incredible effort by the family, key supporters, volunteers of AdA (Archeologi dell’Aria) made locating the aircraft, Loren’s remains, and his dogtags possible.
Finding Loren is the story of a young man, compelled to serve his country, who gave the ultimate sacrifice just days from victory in Europe celebrations (VE Day). Loren Hintz wasn’t a fighter ace, but his life and devotion to his country deserve the same recognition; we honor him by preserving his legacy.
Hans Wronka, Lt. Hintz’s grandson, has embarked on an epic journey with his family, as well as a team of Italian WWII aviation enthusiasts and archaeologists, to decipher military records, maps, and statements to confidently identify Lt Hintz’s crash site. Community members and landowners are prepared for the excavation planned for late July 2016. Follow along with us to see the rest of this captivating story unfold.