LABLANC, BYRON E., Sergeant, # 36805260, USAAF

 

Byron E. LaBlanc was born on 5 September 1921 in Wisconsin to William Alexander LaBlanc (1898-1974) and Emily Amelia (Laconic) LaBlanc (1898-1964). Siblings were Alice Mary (LaBlanc) Scribner (1923-2003), John “Johnny” William LaBlanc (1925-2011), Laurence R. LaBlanc (1926-1998), Ervin Edward LaBlanc (1928-1993), Francis Raymond “Boots” LaBlanc (1935-1998) and Ronald LaBlanc (1938-    ). His father was a farmer in 1930-1940.

 

He was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer-gunner) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40822, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a mission to lay mines in Hong Kong Harbor. This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the harbor. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Saint Ann Cemetery, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.