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Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

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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

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People

  • Olger Aal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Brussels, one of five A/C bombing Diest aerodrome, failed to rejoin after attack, cause unknown 29-Aug-44. 1st Lt Aal Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8312. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Clarence Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 368th Fighter Group
    Clarence E Allen was declared missing in action on 12 October 1944, aged 23. Allen was taking part in a dive-bombing mission over Aachen, when his squadron engaged enemy fighters over Dusseldorf. All aircraft except Allen's returned to base, and...

  • George Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • Oscar Ambrose

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 303BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brux in B-17 44-6351 4-Mar-45; flak, crashed Waidhofen, Austria; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12903 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Vermont Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions (Aachen, Hamm, Hamm, Merseburg). Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg; hit by flak after bombs away, crashed Flur Oberkotzau, Germany. 30-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10831 Awards: AM, PH.

  • 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

  • Charles Bagley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 43-38463; Shot down. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11145 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • 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...

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Buried or commemorated

  • Jack Abrams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 464th Bomb Group
    On the 17th October 1944, whilst on route from Pantanella, Italy to bomb an ordnance factory South of Vienna, 1st Lieutenant Abrams plane, B24-J Liberator, (Lively Lady), was hit by flak. Abrams was believed to have been killed instantly on the flight...

  • Marvin Abrams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down in flames after fighter attacks and crashed near Einbeck, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7569 'Sky Wolf'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Argent Acosta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation,...

  • Alex Alford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Appeldorn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member of 41-24234, suffered a mid air collision with 42-7501 causing the shearing off the entire tail section of A/C causing it to crash into the sea. Six parachutes were observed streaming out, but none survived. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1501...

  • William Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Waldo Bruns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/Squadron Operations Officer | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • John Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Armorer/Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102525. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Callihan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #41-24587 'Bad Check'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Floyd Chesmore

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by flak and crashed along the Scheldt River on the return from a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-39960. Was last in the Fortress with his Co-Pilot Leroy Teachey when they prepared to bail out. The plane...

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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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