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Sunday 24 September 2017

'Devastation reminds me of Hiroshima aftermath'

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

LIMERICK man Clem Ryan was just a teenage soldier with the RAF when he witnessed the horrific devastation after an American Air Force bomber dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

And Mr Ryan (87) revealed the horror of June 6, 1945, has come rushing back to him all these years later, as he witnessed the massive damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan ripping through the Philippines.

Speaking to the Irish Independent from his home in Kilrush, Co Clare, the grandfather of 14 said the scenes of devastation he saw on the television and in the newspapers brought him back to Hiroshima when he was just 19-years-old, having enlisted with the British Royal Air Force.

Mr Ryan said watching the nightmare unfold in the Philippines as whole cities were laid bare and thousands killed had made him recollect the devastation of 1945.

Irish Independent

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