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Cambridge American Cemetery

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The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American Second World War military cemetery in the British Isles. The cemetery contains 3,812 headstones of American men and women who died during the Battle of the Atlantic, the Strategic Bombing Campaign and on British soil. A further 5,127 names are commemorated on the Wall of Missing. A memorial Chapel and visitor centre also honour the dead, and provide information on those commemorated and an understanding of the crucial campaign they fought in.

The Cambridge American Cemetery was established as a temporary cemetery on land donated by the University of Cambridge in 1943 outside the village of Madingley in Cambridgeshire. It was selected as the permanent memorial to fallen American servicemen in Britain after the War, and was designed by Perry, Shaw Hepburn and Dean and landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers. The cemetery was dedicated in 1956 and is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

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  • Woodrow Cole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew as bombardier on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, France 21-Jan-44; A/C hit by flak, wounded, he released as many bombs as possible from the damaged bomb bay manually, before collapsing on the flight...

  • George Olsen

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Ralph Strait

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crashed in poor visibility near Eastbourne on return from mission to Watten, FR on 2 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 13-Nov-1943 crashed on mile east of base in B24#427647. 2 crew killed, 2 seriously injured and...

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  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Clarence Aaberg was on his 3rd mission, and pilot of B-17 42-37855 on return from a mission to Regensburg, Germany on 25 February 1944. The Fortress had lost #3 engine 10 minutes after target. The crew saw a lot of German fighters around, a few...

  • Harry Adams

    Military | Private First Class | Radio operator | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died of Wounds (DOW) 26-Aug-42. Awards: PH.

  • Jonathan Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Stanley Aldridge

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 340BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed To Return (FTR) navigation exercise to Burtonwood in B-17 41-9098. Weather was poor, almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were missed by the crew, and so while continuing on their...

  • Vito Ambrosio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: PH.

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Robert H. Anderson, of Thaxton, Virginia, a member of the 7th Station Complement Squadron was accidentally shot in the left chest about 1630 hours and died in the Station hospital a few minutes later. The shot was fired by Sgt. Martin L. Miller,...

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 1-Aug-43 raid on Ploesti earning his DSC for his actions. Flew as Command pilot on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, France 21-Jan-44; A/C hit by flak, Major Anderson was mortally wounded in the...

  • Charles Bacharach

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 October 1944 Plane was 'Inside Curve' #4239973 Went down spinning and twisting. Then in a nose dive blew up with all of my crew of nine, killing all but my Navigator and me. Sidney Solomon and I, Paschal H. Prisoner of War ...

  • John Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Cologne mission 15-Oct-44; Crashed 1000yds from end of runway near Anstey Church, bomb load exploded on impact. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15229 Awards: PH.

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29 September 2014 15:11:48 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and media associations
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Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/cambridge-american-cemetery

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