Ralph J. Neal was assigned to Lonesome Lady on 494th Bombardment Group's Mission #138, replacing the sick-listed ball turret gunner of Tom Cartwright's Crew 42B. Neal was from Corbin, Kentucky. The bomb payload for this mission was maximized by requiring the B-24's to be lightened by removing guns, so there were no guns in place for Neal to fire. The requirement for his assignment to the mission remains unclear. Neal and Normand Brissette) died in Ujina, near Hiroshima, a month short of his 24th birthday, and 13 days after being exposed to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. A captured B-29 bomber crew was transported to Hiroshima on 16 August, 1945 and were joined with Neal and Brissette on the evening of the 17th. Walter Ross wrote that he and his crewmates were transported along with Ralph Neal and Normand Brissette to the outskirts of Hiroshima, Ujina, where Neal and Brissette passed away from severe sickness (acute radiation syndrome) on the 19th.