Remains of fallen WWII pilot return home 74 years after his plane was shot down in Germany

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Seventy-four years after his disappearance, the remains of a fallen World War II soldier returned home to Utah. 

Utah National Guard held a Dignified Transfer ceremony for fallen WWII pilot 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield at Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday. 

He was received by his daughter and family, according to officials.

Hadfield will be buried with full military honors and a military aircraft flyover on Thursday, March 21, 2019, the 74th anniversary of his disappearance. The ceremony will be held at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah at 1 p.m.

Utah National Guard said Hadfield was piloting an A-26B during a combat mission to Dülmen, Germany, on March 21, 1945, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and disappeared.

He was obstructing German troop movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine River.

Authorities said they identified Hadfield’s remains in December  2018.

The Utah National Guard extended their gratitude to Adolph Hagedorn, the government of Germany, DPAA and History Flight, Inc., for their combined efforts in bringing Hadfield home.

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