World War Two Co-Pilot Brought to Final Resting Place, in Filley

BEATRICE – A World War Two Co-Pilot shot down over Austria in 1944, has finally been laid to rest with family members near his Gage County home.

A military service was held Thursday at Fox Funeral Home in Beatrice and at the Filley Cemetery for Flight Officer Richard Wesley Lane, whose remains had been interred in an American cemetery, in Belgium.  Pastor Suzanne How….

:28                  “give him…..peace”

It was discovered through DNA testing and other analysis that remains brought to the U.S. and to the Filley Cemetery in 1948, were NOT those of Lane, but of another soldier.

The investigation and testing started this past January, and in April, the misidentification involving four sets of remains from a single grave in Belgium, was resolved.

:25                  “….taps fades….”

Richard Lane lived most of his life near Burchard and Lewiston, attended high school in Burchard and Pawnee City, then the University of Nebraska… before being called into the service.  He received his wings in Douglas, Arizona, May 23rd, 1944.

Seven months later, Lane, the co-pilot of a B-17 was shot down. He lost his life at the age of 22, while on his second mission.

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