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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

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...

  • Philip Ball

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

  • 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. ...

  • John Bird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: AM, PH.

  • 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...

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Buried or commemorated

  • Wilbur Coss

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF, USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission in P-47D 42-26585 to Nieuport. After dive bombing Marshalling Yard in Charleroi area, heard to report his prop was running away, stated he was going to bale out. Evaded...

  • Huey Coward

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamm in P-51D 44-15022. Suspected victim of Anoxia, as dove into ground and exploded at Emlichheim. Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Nov-44 MACR 10540 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Noah Cowen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Berlip in P-51D 'Margaret Two' 44-14538 shot down near Wunstorf Killed in Action (KIA) 5-Dec-44 MACR 10816 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Michael Croker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany, on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Cutting

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). T/Sgt Cutting is surmised as to have bailed out and possibly drowned. His body washed ashore on...

  • Aaron David

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt David was killed in action on 8 October 1943when his B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, "Piccadilly Lily" was hit by flak and exploded following the release of their bombs over Breman, Germany. ...

  • Kenneth Dilts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 1 January 1945 Kenneth took off from Chelveston airfield on his 20th mission as a B-17 gunner. At 12:04, he called out via the aircraft’s intercom that enemy fighters were approaching. His aircraft ‘pulled up when hit by enemy aircraft and swung...

  • William Hege

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Kralick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. Not a regular crew member. Wounded in the back by 20mm flak. Parachute opened inside of the plane....

  • William Latta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: 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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