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Flight Officer Richard Wesley Lane

October 31, 1922 December 27, 1944
Flight Officer Richard Wesley Lane
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Flight Officer Richard Wesley Lane was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 31, 1922 to Wesley and Lois Lane. Most of his life Richard lived near Burchard and Lewiston, Nebraska along with brothers; Robert, Lloyd, Ronald, Dale and sister Marjory. He completed the ninth grade at Burchard High School where he became interested in the High School Band. The remaining three years he attended Pawnee City High School where he made his home with his grandparents, Arthur and Nettie Goodale. He was an active member of the school band, orchestra and pep band. He graduated in May of 1939. The following year he spent working. In the fall of 1941 he entered the University of Nebraska where he made 1St chair in the trombone section of the varsity band.After entering his sophomore year, on November 16, 1942 he was called into service. He received his basic training in the 13-th armored division at Camp Beale, California. He then had training as an aviation student at Camp Kearns, Utah. On August 14, 1943, he became an aviation cadet. He took his flight training at Santa Ana, California. On October 30, 1943 he completed his primary at Morton Air Academy at Blythe, California. On January 7, 1944 he completed his flying school at Minter Field, California. He received his wings at Douglas, Arizona on May 23, 1944. On October 22, 1944 he received further training at Roswell, New Mexico flying B-17s. He then was sent for combat training at Sioux City, Iowa where the crew was assembled. On about November 5th he was sent to overseas duty and arrived in Italy the first week in December. He made his first mission December 26, 1944 and was killed on his second mission December 27, 1944. Richard was the co-pilot of a B-17 that was shot down over Sankt Florian, Austria. The loss incident was documented in a Missing Air Crew Report.In June 1945 American Graves Registration Command recovered four sets of remains from a single grave near St. Florian Cemetery. The remains were transported to a temporary cemetery in Nurnberg Germany for processing and identification. In August 1945 the remains were disinterred again for reprocessing and assigned new numbers and also moved to the US Military Cemetery at St. Avoid, France. The remains designated X240 St. Avoid, (X59Nurnberg) were identified as Fit 0 Richard W Lane on January 25, 1946. In accordance with the War Department's Return of the Dead program, the AGRC reached out to the designated next of kin for the family's preference of permanent burial location for Fit 0 Lane. The remains were repatriated to the United States and buried at the Filley Cemetery in Gage County, Nebraska, in December 1948. Upon arrival to St. Avoid the unknown remains were reprocessed and assigned new unknown numbers. Somehow one of the miss-identified remains was buried at the Filley Cemetery, December 1948.Richard's remains were interred in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium as unknown. After many years of investigating, the process of DNA testing began on January 24, 2018. April 2018 the test concluded there was a match to the Lane family. It was the investigation of the family of Fred Ashley that brought Richard home. Richard’s misidentified remains from his death in World War II will finally be coming home to be buried with his family. Funeral Services with full military honors will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice. Burial will take place in the Filley Cemetery in Filley, Nebraska following the service.  Condolences may be left online with the full obituary appearing at

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Fox Funeral Home - Beatrice

1116 N. 19th
Beatrice, NE 68310

Fox Funeral Home - Beatrice
1116 N. 19th Beatrice 68310 NE
United States

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