Franklin Tostevin, WWII Pilot Recovered In 2008, To Be Honored By Army, Air Force

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In this World War II-era photo, made available Dec. 11, 2013 courtesy Dept. of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, previously missing in action U.S. Army aviator Capt. Franklin B. Tostevin is pictured. On March 20, 1945, Tostevin was the pilot of an F-6P aircraft that was shot down while on a reconnaissance mission in Cologne, Germany, according to the Dept. of Defense. His remains are to be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Department of Defe | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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