The partial remains of a U.S. Army pilot were buried in Italy over 50 years after he died in a plane crash during World War 2.
First Lieutenant Loren Hintz died over 70 year ago but some of his remains were discovered about seven years ago as his family had spent decades searching for him.
His children, who never met their dad, buried the rest of his remains over the weekend after Italian archaeologists discovered them as they dug in a field in 2016.
First Lieutenant Loren Hintz died over 70 year ago but some of his remains were discovered by archaeologists recently in Italy
Gretchen Wronka, left, daughter of US Army Air Force 1st Lt. Loren E. Hintz, who lost his life when his aircraft came under fire from German forces and crashed at Bagnarola, near Florence
His daughter Gretchen Wronka, 75, told CNN: 'We always knew our father was buried in there. So the mystery of where he was, we thought he was there.'
Some of Hintz remains' were buried at his family's request with almost 4,400 other American veterans at the cemetery south of Florence. Seven years ago, archaeologists began to find the rest of his remains.
New bones were later found, in addition to part of the plane, in rural farmland in Italy.
'I have a great sense of peace and fulfillment,' Wronka said following the ceremony. 'It's been a long journey, and the preparations have been detailed and extraordinary.'
Wronka said Loren Hintz was raised on a farm in Iowa and joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, shortly before Pearl Harbor occurred.
'He had a passion for adventure. He was a young man who wrote poetry,' said Wronka, who lives in Minnesota. 'He loved to travel. He had a great zest for life, and this came through as children for Martin and me.'
Martin Hintz, 73, claimed he would look at his father's chest and examine some of the items in it, including his uniform, books and other personal items. He said they