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MEDIA ALERT – WWII Hero to Receive Military Honors at Reno-Tahoe International Airport

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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


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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