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Leo Walter Ryan Jr

Military

Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993.

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Melvin Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 combat missions. Missing in Action (MIA) mission to Berlin in B-24 41-28591 attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, baled out 21-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5933. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 735th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28591 'Archibald'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, crashed at Mangelsdorf, crew baled out 21-Jun-44. 10 x POW. MACR 5933.

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Walla Walla, WA 1 June 1918

Son of Leo Walter and Elizabeth Mary [Corbett] Ryan.

Lived in Gridley, California 1941
Enlisted San Francisco, CA 15 January 1942

San Francisco, California

Based Old Buckenham 1944 – 21 June 1944

Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Mangelsdorf, 39319 Jerichow, Germany 21 June 1944

Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 21-Jun-/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 21 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Roseville, CA 18 March 2008
Buried New Auburn Cemetery Auburn, Placer County, CA 21 May 2008

New Auburn Cemetery
Auburn,
Placer County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2021 13:45:40 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/630874470
https://www.fold3.com/record/84961534/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67728462/leo-walter-ryan

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 03:26:36 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2020 15:50:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28644113
https://www.fold3.com/image/630874470
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67728462/leo-walter-ryan

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2016 12:47:24 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28644113

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5933 & Page 394 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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