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Lon J Byram


1st Lt. Lon J. Byram was the bombardier on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Lt. Byram and 4 others.

According to Captain Green, he died after being overcome by smoke during the initial explosion along with the radio operator, T/Sgt. Sherman.

1st Lt. Byram's remains were relocated following the war. He's buried in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park located in Tampa, Florida.



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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-100001 Drawers

    B-24 Liberator
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Five of the crew were killed, and five survived.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Died Stowlangtoft, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 28 January 1944


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 21:26:38 adamandnichole Changes to biography

Family member perished in the same crash.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 12:19:34 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Added Lon J Byram's name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 22:22:22 jsmycs Changes to awards and media associations

The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Florida) - Sun., Feb 6, 1944 - Page 2

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:03 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia