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.
It was discovered through DNA testing and other analysis that the 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.
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, his B-17 was shot down. He lost his life at the age of 22, while on his second mission.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice