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John W Ryan Jr

Military

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. A/C hit by flak, baled out, shortly after A/C exploded on impact, the pilot having been ejected, strapped in his armoured flight seat. Prisoner of War (POW). 8-Jul-44. MACR 6625.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Richard Waters

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. Hit by flak, wounded in stomach and unconscious, unable to bale out, shortly after A/C exploded on impact, 1Lt Waters having been ejected, strapped in his armoured flight seat. Killed...

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-31814 'Bag of Bolts'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. Hit by flak, pilot wounded in stomach and unconscious, crew baled out, shortly later A/C exploded on impact, pilot having been ejected, strapped in his armored flight seat. 2 x EVD, 3...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Carolina, USA 19 October 1919

Son of John W Ryan Sr.

Lived in South Carolina, USA 1941
Based Andrews Field 1943 – 8 July 1944

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Enlisted 4503 M St, Biloxi, MS 39530, USA 10 March 1943

Keesler Field AAF
Biloxi, MS

Shot down / baled out 62123 Warlus, France 8 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Amiens. A/C hit by flak, baled out, shortly after A/C exploded on impact, the pilot having been ejected, strapped in his armoured flight seat. POW. 8-Jul-44. MACR 6625.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 8 July 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Buried Avery County, NC, USA September 1985

Interred
Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Newland
Avery County
North Carolina, USA

Died Avery County, NC, USA 24 September 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2017 12:17:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31814&Submit6=Go
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91982252

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