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Posted by Irish (Member # 722) on
Arthur Lorentz died on February 9th 2015 in Modesto, CA.
He and his identical twin brother, Bob, were born on September 7th 1922 to Florence and Herbert Lorentz in San Francisco, CA. Bob was born at 10:00, and Art at 10:10. Art would always say of his identical twin, "he may be older, but I got all the looks."
Art graduated with an AA degree from San Francisco Community College in June of 1942. He put off the rest of his education, and joined the US Army Air Force in September 1942. In his four years of active duty, he became a Captain of a B-17 Bomber and lead his crew to 35 combat missions over Germany. He remained in the Air Force reserves until 1958.
After WWII, Art completed his college with a degree from San Jose State. From 1951 to 1981, Art enjoy a successful career as a pilot for TWA stationed in New York.
Art never married, but was a big brother to all who met him. He volunteered constantly at YMCA, Boys Clubs, and his local fire department. After retiring, he drove a school bus for a few years in Connecticut before moving out to California to be near his brother and family.
Art is survived by his brother Bob Lorentz of Modesto, and by his niece and nephew, Becky Mahaney and Cameron Lorentz.
"Uncle Artie" lived a great life and he always wanted to do one thing: fly airplanes. He would be full of stories as he dropped in on friends and relatives around the country on his many TWA layovers. He was typically just in from Bombay, Cairo, Hong Kong or London. He loved telling the story of when he flew the Beatles from London to New York for their second visit to the US in the summer of 1965.
For the last eight years Art lived at the Bethel Retirement Community in Modesto. He spoke fondly about how caring the people are at Bethel. Art Lorentz has taken his final flight West. He was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed.
Rest in Peace, Captain Lorentz
Posted by extwacaptain (Member # 381) on
Although Captain Lorentz and I never flew together (with TWA) his enlistment date into the Army Air Corps would indicate that we probably received our military wings during the same graduation date of the class of 43-F.
Having flown together at a different time and a different place, I thank Captain Lorentz for his patriotism and loyalty.
May you Rest in Peace, Sir.
another bomber pilot
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