Hero homecoming: Remains of Cleveland World War II Staff Sgt identified
CLEVELAND-More than 70 years after his aircraft was shot down by enemy fire during World War II, a Cleveland man’s remains have been identified.
The family of Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Frank G. Lane Jr., 21, of Cleveland, said he will be buried May 2, in Willoughby.
According to a news release, on Dec. 23, 1944, Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William P. Cook, 27, of California, Maurice J. Fevold, 21, of Chicago, along with Lane and two other B-26G Marauder crew-members took off from Saint Quentin, France, on a mission to bomb an enemy-held bridge in Germany. The aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire near the Belgium border.
Following World War II, the Army Graves Registration Command (AGRC) conducted extensive field investigations and was unable to locate the aircraft and the crew. In May of 1949, the AGRC concluded the crew members could not be recovered.
In 2006, a group of aviation researchers located the wreckage of a B-26G near Allmuthen, Belgium and notified the U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs Activity and one year later the (DoD) team investigated the site and recommended it for excavation.
In 2012, DoD teams excavated the crash site and recovered human remains and non-biological material evidence.
The U.S. servicemen, missing from World War II, have been accounted for and their remains are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.