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Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

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The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is three miles outside Luxembourg city centre. The cemetery holds the remains of 5,076 military dead, many who fell in the Rhine advance in autumn 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944- January 1945. Another 371 names of missing servicemen are commemorated over two pylons. A chapel honours the deceased and a museum and maps outline the course of the American campaign throughout the world.

A temporary cemetery was established in December 1944, whilst the Battle of the Bulge was still ongoing. The area had been previously liberated by the 5th Armoured Division in September 1944. The United States was granted permanent use of the site following the war, by the Grand Ducal government of Luxembourg. The American Graves Registration Service oversaw the re-interment of remains from nearby temporary cemeteries to Luxembourg. The American Battle Monuments Commission, who still administer the cemetery oversaw the design by Keally and Patterson and landscaping by Alfred Geiffert Jr. The cemetery was dedicated in 1960.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/luxembourg-american-ceme...

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People

  • Alfred Antonacci

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Blair Belongia crew. Ditched in Channel 5-Sep-43, on return from mission to Stuttgart due to fuel shortage in B-17 42-30668. All crew rescued by ASR. ...

  • Arthur Bailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Richard Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabisch Hall. Crashed at Dusseldorf on 13-Sep-44 in B-24 'Times Awaisting' 44-40234 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8860 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • George Bishop

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. 15 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664. Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Blair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomb / Navigator | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

  • Clyde Brown

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. 15 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11664. Awards: PH.

  • Mark Castle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomb/Nav | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. Shot down by fighters, fell out of formation with right engine ablaze. 23-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11551. Awards: PH.

  • Charles Celeste

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing raid on the Eller railroad bridge, Germany went missing after attacks by enemy fighters, last seen with one engine on fire. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44. MACR 11487. Awards: PH.

  • Wilfred Cornwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Arm/Gunner | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action ...

  • Rudyard Courtenay

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Op / Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany. A/C B-26 42-95865 tail shot off by fighters, went down out of control. 2nd crew member to bale out and died of his wounds. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec...

  • Arthur Coyne

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 598BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb Eller railroad bridge hit by fighters, rolled onto its back, split into two crashed near Auderath, Germany. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11549. Awards: PH.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Ona Acord

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    An ME109 collided with B-17G #42-38001 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Antonacci

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Blair Belongia crew. Ditched in Channel 5-Sep-43, on return from mission to Stuttgart due to fuel shortage in B-17 42-30668. All crew rescued by ASR. ...

  • Arthur Bailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Richard Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabisch Hall. Crashed at Dusseldorf on 13-Sep-44 in B-24 'Times Awaisting' 44-40234 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8860 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Levitt Beck

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 406th Fighter Group
    Levitt Beck was born in Houston, Texas, he attended Huntington Park High School in California, graduating in 1938, and worked as an architect. ...

  • Ceasar Binetti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 855BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Richard Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabisch Hall . Crashed at Dusseldorf on 13-Sep-44 in B-24 'Times Awaisting' 44-40234 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8860 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Louis Costa

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Dassburg rail bridge in B-26 43-34300 left formation shortly after IP, last seen vicinity of Ettelbruck. 23-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11924 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jack Crandell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission Luxembourg hit whilst strafing the 3rd train of the day, crashed near Kanach in P-51B 'Bottoms Up' 42-106917 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8539. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Ross Cullen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Enlisted Army Air Corps August 1942; commissioned a Second Lt. and Navigator March 18, 1944; arrived England May 1944. ...

  • Earl Flick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 855BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Richard Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabisch Hall . Crashed at Dusseldorf on 13-Sep-44 in B-24 'Times Awaisting' 44-40234 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8860 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH

  • Emile Freeman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Emile Freeman was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17 Serial 44-8208, shot down on the Merseburg mission 2 November 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). According to statements from some fellow crew members, he went back to the radio room to fetch his parachute and...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 13:59:22 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history
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Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/luxembourg-american-ceme...

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