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WWII pilot the subject of a slideshow presentation

A trip to Papua New Guinea to find the plane of a World War II pilot will be the subject of a slide presentation at the Nevada City Veteran’s hall on Saturday.

Last summer, Nevada City resident Ralph Cutter and Chico resident John Lane reunited Fred Hargesheimer with his Lockheed P-38 that was shot down in 1943 over the jungles of New Britain Island.

Hargesheimer, who lives in Grass Valley, survived the crash with the help of local residents. To show his gratitude, he returned to the island in the 1960’s and built a school there.

The slideshow will tell the story of Hargesheimer’s survival and the discovery of his plane over 60 years later.

The presentation is free and starts at 7 p.m at the Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Building, 415 N. Pine Street.

For more information, contact cutter@flyline.com.

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