Finding Loren

US, P-47D-16-RE, 42-75963, Gow Job, 79th Fighter Group, 86th Fighter Squadron, 21 April 1945, Bologna, Italy

AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, MN is 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.
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Read the full story on Aircorps Aviation’s website.

I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with the great team at Aircorps Aviation and here is the result: a P-47D-16-RE of the 79th Fighter Group in Italy in April 1945. The profile is very hypothetical, except for the tactical code and serial number. There are very few available photos of 79th FG razorback Thunderbolts, although the colours of 79th FG bubbletops are better known.

If you have any information regarding the markings of Thunderbolts in the 79th FG, or even better about Lt Loren Hintz’s aircraft, please contact me and I’ll update the profile and forward the info to AC.

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