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La Blanc, Byron E

Name and Rank, Sergeant Byron E. La Blanc.

Unit/Placed in, 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group (Heavy).

 

Byron was born approx. on Sep. 5, 1921 in Wisconsin.

 

Father, William A. La Blanc.

Mother, Emily (Laconic) La Blanc.

Sister, Alice La Blanc.

Brothers, John, Laurence, Ervin, Francis and Ronald La Blanc.

 

Byron entered  the service from Wisconsin with service number # 36805260.

 

Byron E. La Blanc was a Left Waist Gunner in the 425th Bomber Squadron.

 

Byron’s crewmembers and there position onboard the plane a B-24 were,

 

2nd Lt.         Evert P. Mitchell               Pilot

2nd Lt.         Francis G. Steiger              Co Pilot

2nd Lt.         Fred R. Massing                Navigator

F/O              Howard J. Lundberg          Bombardier

S/Sgt.           Leonard W. Habel              Engineer/Gunner

S/Sgt.           Reese Hunter Jr.               Radio Operator/Gunner

Sgt.              Robert H. Kuhns                Right Waist Gunner

Sgt.              Byron E. La Blanc             Left Waist Gunner

Cpl.              Lawrence C. Hedlund         Radar Observer/Gunner

 

Byron E. La Blanc was Killed in Action due to bad weather during a night mission to Mine Lying at Kunming, China, when there was nothing on the Radio of there where abouts on Aug. 9, 1944, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

And he is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,

National Capital Region, Philippines.

He has a Memorialgrave at Saint Ann Cemetery, Turtle Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA.

 

Thanks to http://www.usaaf-in-cbi.com/308th_web/index.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

425th Bomber Squadron
308th Bomber Group
B-24
Kunming Airfield, China
Bomber Group Squadron Markings
His rank Sergeant