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Army, Air Force To Honor WWII Pilot At Burial

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US Air Force (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

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DENVER (AP) — The Army will provide full military honors and Air Force jets will perform a fly-over when a World War II pilot who died in 1945 is buried at a veterans cemetery in Denver.

Army Air Forces Capt. Franklin B. Tostevin of Westfield, N.J., crashed in 1945 on a reconnaissance mission in Germany. His nephew, Daniel Tostevin of Erie, Colo., says it was his 159th reconnaissance flight.

The 22-year-old will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Friday.

His remains were recovered in 2008. After DNA testing confirmed his identity, his family was notified Oct. 30.

Daniel Tostevin says his uncle’s missions included photographing German coastal defenses in France before Allied forces landed in June 1944.

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