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Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Cemetery

Detailed history

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...

Connections

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. ...

  • 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 Courtnay

    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.

  • 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.

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Buried or commemorated

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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.

  • William Genders

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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: PH.

  • Herbert Linden

    Military | Master Sergeant | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Circumstances of death not known. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Robert McEldowney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Alva Murphy

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Grobzig in P-51 #44-63765 while straffing an airfield. Murphy was an ace with six aerial victories, including two on the day he was killed.

  • Vincent Vollono

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 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: PH.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 13:59:22 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history
Sources

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

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