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Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

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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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People

  • Earle Aber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew B-17 42-37516 Dropped leaflets at night over enemy occupied territory. Col Aber's remains were found in May 2002 in the river Stout at Harwick. He was buried on 5/10/02 at Cambridge Amer Cemetery. The airplane was Tondelayo. 406th was night...

  • 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. Mortally wounded in E/A attack. 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...

  • 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,...

  • Jerome Arbiter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking out #2 and ...

  • Reed Armstrong

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed 30 August 1943 Cambridge Cemetery Killed. Crashed while landing B24 #42-7468 returning from ac modifications at BAD. TDY with 392nd BG.

  • Harold Aswell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 42-40354 'Snafu' while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' 44thBG/67BS off the English coast near Selsey Bill, Sussex en-route to the target at St. Nazaire,...

  • Mercer Avent

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. On mission to Denain / Pouvry, France went into an inverted dive and crashed into the ground at Jacobs Well, Guildford. It seemed the 5,000lb of cargo had shifted, disrupting the aircraft's Centre of Gravity. 25...

  • John Avrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail II'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Killed in Action. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC. Thompson, GA

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Buried or commemorated

  • 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. Mortally wounded in E/A attack. 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Barrier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #243 dated 11 December 1944, as crew Pilot, one combat mission. Awards: PH.

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Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 15:11:48 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and media associations
Sources

Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/cambridge-american-cemetery

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