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Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial lies near Neupré in Belgium, it is one of three American Cemeteries in Belgium, along with Flanders Field (First World War) and Henri-Chappelle. The site contains the headstones of 5,322 military dead, many who fell during the Ardennes Offensive in winter 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944- January 1945. An additional 1,722 names are commemorated on the Wall of Missing. Three fifths of the fallen honoured at the Ardennes American Cemetery belong to airmen. A vast stone memorial chapel overlooks the site, emblazoned with an American Eagle, marble maps inside the chapel outline combat and supply activities during the Ardennes campaign.

The site was liberated by the 1st Infantry Division in September 1944, a temporary cemetery was established in February 1945. Following the war the site was chosen as a permanent cemetery, the Graves Registration Service oversaw the reinterment of remains. The American Battle Monuments Commision, who own and maintain the site oversaw the design by Reinhard, Hofmeister and Walquist and landscaping by Richard K Webel. The Ardennes American Cemetery was dedicated in 1960.

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

Connections

People

  • Herman Adolfae

    Military | First Lieutenant | 31st Transport Group
    KIA. C-47 # 41-18627 presumed to have been shot down near Dunkirk.

  • Allan Alford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Loftin crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29958 'Battlin' Bombsprayer'. Mission #37 to the Arado Aircraft components at Anklam, Germany. MACR 886. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Raymond Ankeny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130 Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

  • Elmer Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Thomas Bass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Andrew Bezak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He joined the group on 03 Apr 1942. He flew on LT. Maurice Salada crew. He was the 3rd EM to complete tour of 25 missions in May 1943. He left the 306th BG; went on a 30 day furlough and reported to the 447th BG. ...

  • Wayne Bolefahr

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 61 x missions, credited 2 x kills, 1 x damaged. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Escorting PR aircraft to Antwerp, hit by flak and crashed near Wildert in P-51B 43...

  • Elmer Bowers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1.5 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Duisberg, Germany. After combat with enemy fighters, seen to be streaming smoke from engine, crashed near Duisburg on 19-Sep-44 in P-51D 44...

  • Richard Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Dorsel, Germany in P-47 42-8639 hit by flak in oil line. Crashed Maaseik, Belgium. Pilot Killed in Action (KIA). 7-Jan-44. MACR 1736. ...

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Buried or commemorated

  • Robert Ade

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.

  • Hyman Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Albers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 October 1944 in B-17 #4297275 'Rodger, the Dodger. ' died 10/7/44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9522 ...

  • Allan Alford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Loftin crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29958 'Battlin' Bombsprayer'. Mission #37 to the Arado Aircraft components at Anklam, Germany. MACR 886. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Dean Barger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230168 'Slo-Jo. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harm Beninga

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4238010. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Elmer Bowers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1.5 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Duisberg, Germany. After combat with enemy fighters, seen to be streaming smoke from engine, crashed near Duisburg on 19-Sep-44 in P-51D 44...

  • Charles Bowles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Charles was the youngest child and only son of Charles V Bowles Sr and Maude "Lovey" (Estes) Bowles. Born in Atlanta, GA, he moved at a young age with his parents first to Highland Park, Michigan, and then to Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from...

  • Robert Bradford

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn, Germany. Letting down over Bonn in P-47D 42-75670, hit by flak, hit by further ground fire attempting to egress at low level crashed at Liblar, Germany. Killed in...

  • Robert Bradford

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn, Germany. Letting down over Bonn in P-47D 42-75670, hit by flak, hit by further ground fire attempting to egress at low level crashed at Liblar, Germany. Killed in...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 11:47:58 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

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

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