LANEY, JACK RAYMOND, Staff Sergeant, # 19171353, USAAF
Jack R. Laney was born on 3 April 1924 in Chadron, Nebraska, to George Kenneth Laney (1899-1992) (SD) and Lora Ann (Smith) Laney (1900-1983) (IL). Siblings included Charles G. Laney (1920-1995) (NE), George Kenneth Laney Jr. (1922-1991) (NE), Ira Lavern Laney (1927-2007) (NE), Hilda E. (Laney) McKercher (1936- ) (UT) and Edwin Joe Laney (1939- ). He attended Logan High School. He was married to Elizabeth (Christofferson) Laney.
He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, employed by Whitmeyer Construction Co., resided in Logan, Cache Co., Utah, and described himself as 5’7”, 132 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 30 October 1942. He was trained to repair and maintain the mechanical systems of the C-46 Commando and was the assistant crew chief. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Charles G. Laney, born 13 August 1920, served in the U.S. Army, a Master Sergeant, in WWII, Korea and Vietnam from 3 April 1942 to 15 January 1946 and after. He died 8 April 1995 in Albany, Georgia and is buried in the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Baconton, Georgia.
His brother, George K. Laney Jr., born 12 March 1922, served in the U.S. Army, Corporal, # 39832645, inducted 4 September 1942 at Fort Douglas, Utah, and was honorably discharged 14 March 1946. He died 31 October 1991 in Kent, Washington.
His brother, Ira L. Laney, born 2 June 1927, served in the U.S. Army from 29 November 1945 to 30 June 1970, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He died 11 November 2007 and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA (Sec. 60, Grave 132).
His brother, Edwin J. Laney, born in 1939, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, # 3894896, in 1958.