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07-31-2020 - MEDIA ALERT WWII Hero to Receive Military Honors at Reno-Tahoe International Airport

What

Plane-side honors ceremony for WWII veteran 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, missing in action since 1944

Who

Family of 2nd Lt. Twedt

Army and Air National Guard

Southwest Airlines

Honor Flight Nevada

When

Friday, July 31, 2020

6:15 p.m.

Escort will leave to go airside immediately at 6:20 p.m.

Where

Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Meet at the Ski Statue | Main Lobby

Park in Media Staging

RSVP REQUIRED

Please call 1-844-RNO-INFO in advance to schedule the special escort.

In 1944, 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt was assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group. On October 20, he piloted a P-38J Lightning aircraft as part of an escort for a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombing mission targeting oil storage tanks in Regensburg, Germany. The mission encountered enemy anti-aircraft fire around Bolzano, Italy, and three P-38Js, including Twedt’s, went down as a result.

2nd Lt. Twedt’s remains were found in 2017 and identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in December 2019. He will be buried in Fernley.

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