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Remains Of Missing Local WWII Airman Identified

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Second Lt. Regis Dietz was among 12 Army Air Force members whose plane went down in bad weather in New Guinea in 1943. (Source: William Dietz)

Second Lt. Regis Dietz was among 12 Army Air Force members whose plane went down in bad weather in New Guinea in 1943. (Source: William Dietz)

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AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — There’s closure for the family of a local airman who disappeared during World War II.

Second Lt. Regis Dietz was among 12 Army Air Force members whose plane went down in bad weather in New Guinea in 1943.

His nephew, William Dietz, of Ambridge, was notified three years ago that the plane had been found.

He supplied DNA to the Army and last year a positive ID was made.

The identified remains of Second Lt. Dietz were buried at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County.

Next week, unidentified remains from the crash site will be buried in a mass grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

William Dietz says he plans to attend that ceremony.

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