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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. ...

  • 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...

  • Edgar Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti 19-Aug-44 flak, crashed Ploesti; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9717. Awards: AM, PH.

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Buried or commemorated

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Edgar Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti 19-Aug-44 flak, crashed Ploesti; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9717. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Leo Baranik

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On his first mission, whilst attempting repair on ball turret in B-17 42-37838 'Fancy Nancy', A/C was in collision with B-17 42-30317, ball turret was shorn off with the loss of Sgt Baranik. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • John Bedell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 42-5953 'Skin & Bones', would have completed his 25 mission tour with this crew, but was hospitalised due to his sinuses, tour length being extended to 28 whilst he was laid up. Failed to Return (FTR)...

  • Charles Bennett

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

  • Charles Bennett

    Military | Technical 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.

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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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