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Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial lies in the foothills of the Voseges Mountains. The remains of 5,255 servicemen, who perished in campaigns across the Rhine, Northern France and Germany in 1944 and 1945, rest at the site. A further 424 names of missing personnel are commemorated on a memorial which sits in the centre of the Court of Honor, which also has a chapel and museum.

The cemetery was established in October 1944 by the 46th Quartermaster Company, the modern site was designed by Delano and Aldrich and landscaped by Homer L Fry. It was dedicated in 1956. In 1958, a ceremony was held at Epinal where two caskets holding the remains of unknown servicemen were selected. The Epinal caskets joined with those from the Pacific Theatre and Korean War and were re-interred alongside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Memorial on Memorial Day 1958. The Epinal American Cemetery is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/epinal-american-cemetery

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People

  • J Barbee

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' 44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, crashed with A/C near...

  • Francis Brodley

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Mike Cappalletti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Clarke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 10-Dec-44. Awards: PH.

  • Harry Cologne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Last seen on floor of radio room, wounded and without a parachute. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Donald Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Fw190. Shot down by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR and crashed near St Aignan, FR in P-38J 42-67718 on 11 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. While searching for ground targets to strafe, his section turned into enemy fighter force [30+E/A], became detached from formation and was shot down in P-51B 42-106855 near Ully St George, KIA. 18-Aug-44. MACR 8141. ...

  • Robert Curran

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 5 x missions. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in...

  • Richard Daniels

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Lt. Richard H. Daniels, from Ticonderoga, NY, enlisted on 8 October 1942 and joined the 368th Fighter Squadron at East Wretham on 25 October 1944. On his 28th combat mission with the 359th Fighter Group he was KIA near Bauxviller. The Lieutenant was...

  • Victor Denti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Beziers, France in P-51 42-106870 crashed near Chateauroux Killed in Action (KIA) 5-Jul-44 MACR 6791.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Raymond Bidwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Brodley

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Mike Cappalletti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Clarke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 10-Dec-44. Awards: PH.

  • Harry Cologne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Last seen on floor of radio room, wounded and without a parachute. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Donald Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Fw190. Shot down by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR and crashed near St Aignan, FR in P-38J 42-67718 on 11 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. While searching for ground targets to strafe, his section turned into enemy fighter force [30+E/A], became detached from formation and was shot down in P-51B 42-106855 near Ully St George, KIA. 18-Aug-44. MACR 8141. ...

  • Robert Curran

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 5 x missions. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in...

  • Richard Daniels

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Lt. Richard H. Daniels, from Ticonderoga, NY, enlisted on 8 October 1942 and joined the 368th Fighter Squadron at East Wretham on 25 October 1944. On his 28th combat mission with the 359th Fighter Group he was KIA near Bauxviller. The Lieutenant was...

  • Cameron Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Canadian born. Assigned to 12th Replacement Control Depot, 8AF USAAF. Detached service to 78Sqn RAF. Failed to return (FTR) mission to bomb Juvisy, France in HP Halifax III MZ577 7-Jun-44; hit by flak, only two of the five crew escaped the doomed...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:23:17 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/epinal-american-cemetery

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