2nd Lt. James M. Ryan, Bombardier, Lonesome Lady

Crew 42B, 866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomb Group

James M. Ryan was the bombardier of Replacement Crew #42B, which flew the Lonesome Lady on 28 July, 1945 to bomb the Battleship Haruna.  From Binghamton, New York, he was one of American POWs who died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

 

 

 Members of the family of 2nd Lt. James Ryan: Father Thomas and mother Marion, in front of their home in September, 1944.  All three of the sons served in the military. Mother, Marion, after learning that James was missing in action, repeatedly called radio stations asking for news information on his whereabouts.

Members of the family of 2nd Lt. James Ryan: Father Thomas and mother Marion, in front of their home in September, 1944.  All three of the sons served in the military. Mother, Marion, after learning that James was missing in action, repeatedly called radio stations asking for news information on his whereabouts.

   
  
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  2nd Lt. James Ryan (left) and his elder brother Francis; taken in Saipan, when they met six months before the death of James.

2nd Lt. James Ryan (left) and his elder brother Francis; taken in Saipan, when they met six months before the death of James.

 Condolences sent from General Douglas McArthur in 1946. The Ryans were the only family to receive this letter.

Condolences sent from General Douglas McArthur in 1946. The Ryans were the only family to receive this letter.

Members of the family of 2nd Lt. James Ryan's brother, Francis..