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Lonesome Lady

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Details:

Behind the bus stop at the side of the road. Marker A stone marker with Japanese inscription on both sides commemorates the B-24 24 “Lonesome Lady” which took off from Yontan Airfield, Okinawa on 28 July 1945 on a bombing mission against the Japanese battleship Haruna anchored in Kure Harbor by Hiroshima. After dropping their bombs, the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went into a vertical dive, crashing here.

Monument Text:

English translation front: “We establish this memorial with a wish this happiness continues to our posterity and with a great appreciation for today’s peace.”
Back: “These military members are also to be honored as they perished for the sake of serving their country.”

Commemorates:

People:

William E. Abel

Hugh Atkinson

Thomas C. Cartwright

Buford J. Ellison

John A. Jr Long

Durden W. Looper

Ralph J. Neal

Roy M. Pederson

James M.  Ryan

Units:

866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomb Group

Wars:

WWII

Battles:

Pacific Theater