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Donal Thomas Ryan

In memory of:

Flying Officer Donal Thomas Ryan

July 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/21669

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal 1939-1945, Operational Wings awarded posthumously 8 January 1947.

Additional Information


Born:

December 11, 1920
Montreal, Quebec

Enlistment:

October 1, 1940
Montreal, Quebec

Son of Leo George and Alice Ellen Ryan, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. Brother of Leo E. and Frances Geraldine Ryan.

Commemorated on Page 434 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

17. D. 7.

Location:

BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY is 13 km south east of Soltau on the west side of the road from Hamburg to Hannover. From Hannover travel north in the direction of Hamburg on the Autoroute No.7 for 80 km until the junction with Soltau Sud, this is in fact the junction of the A7 with the B3 Hannover to Hamburg road. On leaving the A7 at Soltau Sud follow the B3 in the direction of Celle and Bergen. The cemetery is on the right hand side of the road, 7 Km from the motorway junction.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Donal Ryan
  • Crew Photo
  • Photo of Donal Ryan
  • Photo of Donal Ryan
  • Cemetery– Plot 17, Row D, Graves 4-8 - Becklingen War Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Becklingen War Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Becklingen War Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Donal Thomas Ryan is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Donal Thomas Ryan is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of DONAL THOMAS RYAN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Donal Ryan– F/O Donal Thomas Ryan, age 24, From Montreal, Quebec.
  • Group Photo– Donal Ryan is navigating with Navigator Bob Whitson looking on.
  • Group Photo– L-R: Harold Truscott (Mid Upper Gunner), Bob Whitson (Navigator), Jack Irmie (Tail Gunner), Gordon Croucher (Wireless Operator), David Scott (Flight Engineer), Don Ryan (Pilot).
  • Group Photo– L-R: Harold Truscott, Bob Whitson, Gordon Croucher, David Scott, Don Ryan.
  • Lancaster LL687– Lancaster LL687 EQ*M 'Berlin Special.' Shot down at Spreckens, Germany, July 29, 1944. All crew except Flt Eng David Scott killed.
  • Ground Crew for LL687
  • Group Photo– Dry Ditching Exercise on LL723.  L-R Harold Truscott by upper turret, Gordon Croucher, Bob Whitson, Don Ryan climbing out of hatch, David Scott inboard wing and Al Durnin outboard wing.
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.

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