Just days before the end of World War II in 1945, 27-year-old American fighter pilot, Loren Hintz, was shot down over Italy.
His story is the subject of the documentary, “Finding Loren,” which will be shown this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the New Hampton Elementary Auditorium. Hintz’ daughter, Gretchen Wronka, grew up in New Hampton, graduating in 1962. She says locating specifically where her father’s plane went down “took off” with a work email years ago.
Wronka says through a lot of research and modern geological technology, the decades-long search for her dad’s crash site culminated in 2016.
Wronka says the film will feature accounts from people who were there when her father’s plane went down.
Wronka says her family was also able to retrieve wreckage of the plane when it was excavated from the crash site.
Wronka adds that the engine from her father’s plane is on display at the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Museum in South St. Paul.
A free will donation for the viewing of the film will benefit the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, which will be followed by a reception with Wronka and family members from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Pub at the Pinicon.