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Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

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Detailed history

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooks Omaha Beach near Bayeux in France. The cemetery contains the headstones of 9,387 military servicemen, most who fell during the Normandy invasion on 6 June 1944 and following campaigns. An additional 1,557 names are commemorated on the Wall of Missing for those lost or buried at sea. A chapel circles a large bronze statue that honours the fallen, a large visitor center and panels overlooking the invasion beaches provide orientation and information on the Normandy invasion.

A temporary cemetery was established in Normandy shortly after D-Day on 8 June 1944, it was first American cemetery on European soil. The modern cemetery is a consolidation of 10 temporary cemeteries and the United States is granted a perpetual concession for the site by the French Government. The Cemetery was designed by Harbeson, Hough, Livingston and Larson and landscaped by Markley Stevenson, it was dedicated in 1956. Normandy American Cemetery is the most visited cemetery owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/normandy-american-cemetery

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People

  • Harry Allchin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Mitchell Bacon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 50TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; Tracer started fire in fuselage, after dropping supplies, A/C took more tracer and then crashed in vicinity of Ste-Marie-Eglise. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Steve Baran

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day drop, after being hit by flak in C-47 42-100819. Crashed NE of Picauville. Killed in Action (KIA) 6-Jun-44. MACR 7133. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Andrew Barraco

    Military | Corporal | Radio operator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; A/C downed by flak, found crashed and burnt out 1 mile NE Sebeville, FR. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5697 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Meran Barsam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 405 Awards: AM, PH (OLC).

  • William Bechter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Normandy AMC. Burlingame, CA

  • Kenneth Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy, hit by flak and set on fire, pilot 2nd Lt Marvin F Muir held his burning aircraft under control until the paratroopers aboard could exit, sacrificing himself and...

  • Clifton Billado

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-32011 'Peg Of My Heart', Killed in Action (KIA). His name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Hoy Bonnett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ray-Sur-Authie, FR 29-Feb-44; hit by flak stbd engine feathered dropped out of formation salvoed bombs, Crashed Abbeville, FR Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2455 ...

  • Ben Bragg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Meran Barsam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 405 Awards: AM, PH (OLC).

  • Thomas Brzoznowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Thomas Brzoznowski was Bombardier on B-17 #42-3235 "Lakanuki" shot down 4 July 1943 over France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Carini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Carini was Left Waist gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, off Dieppe, France, with no...

  • Jefferson Dickson

    Military | Captain | Photographer | 94th Bomb Group
    He was born Jefferson Davis Dickson Jr., in Natchez, MO but he made a name for himself in the boxing world outside of the United States. ...

  • Wilmer Goldinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Wilmer Goldinger was Co-Pilot on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Jenkins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF (a P-51 fighter group that destroyed 73 enemy planes in 22 days of air fighting). Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-51 42-103389; once the escort was complete, strafed aerodrome in vicinity of Albert, France...

  • John Lundberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084. First mission as head navigator. Navigator in John Houston crew

  • Bruce Parcell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 405th Fighter Group
    Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Samuel Peak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in B-17 42-97084 "Spare Charlie"

  • Robert Petroski

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084. Normally flew as a head pilot, but flew as co-pilot with the Sam Peak crew on 22 June.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 16:31:22 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history
Sources

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

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