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Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial

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This cemetery, which covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany, contains the remains of 4,409 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany Campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The gray granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with narratives and flags of our military services, overlooks the burial area. From the lookout platform of the tower there is a view of the stately pattern of the headstones, as well as of the surrounding countryside stretching northward to the sea and Mont St. Michel.

The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches.

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People

  • Charles Abady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Nantes in B-26 41-31974. Hit by flak in target area, smoke seen trailing from starboard engine, control lost, A/C turned on its back, crashed Trois Moulins, 12km Sth of Nantes,...

  • John Alexander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Rupert Arnold

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action on 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft had two engines shot out by flak over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but...

  • William Austin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24D 41-24745 'Katy Bug' his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. SSgt Austin was uninjured and...

  • John Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Raymond Bandy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 25-Oct-42 while aboard B17F 42-5059, the aircraft crashed into the sea off Baldy Point, Nova Scotia on ferrying flight from Gander to Prestwick. Aircraft extensively damaged and accident is listed as a ferry loss. RTD. ...

  • Melvin Baughman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Phillip Baxter

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24503 'Pandora's Box' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Henry Bean

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). The assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall,...

  • Arthur Berntzen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Herbert Autenreith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group
    KIS. Crashed near Barmouth on flight to USA killing crew and passengers

  • Joseph Bova

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of McNiel crew. Shot down at Pressoir in B-24 #4251124 on 19 June 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Grant Cory

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Sens, France crashed near Dreux in P-38J 42-104284 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6247 Award: AM, PH.

  • Charles Freeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 362nd Fighter Group

  • Robert Hesser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pointoise R/R bridge mission. Hit by flak near Dreux, with the pilot wounded, took over control and attempted to nurse A/C back to lines. Lost control around 2000 ft when remaining damaged...

  • Sydney Jablowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3), 42-92061, went down near Pleuven, Brittany, having departed from Ireland. ...

  • Eston Kuhn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 434th Troop Carrier Group
    Eston Kuhn served as a co-pilot with the 71st Troop Carrier Squadron of the 434th Troop Carrier Group. In the early hours of D-Day, 6 June 1944, Kuhn was co-piloting C-47 43-15101 on a glider mission over the Cherbourg Peninsula when the aircraft was...

  • Fred Lowery

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of McNiel crew. Shot down at Pressoir in B-24 #4251124 on 19 June 1944 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • David Mahoney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    B-24 #42-95153 hit by flak, crashed at Pont Scorff 13 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John McNiel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 801st Bomb Group
    Shot down at Pressoir in B-24 #4251124 on 19 June 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 13:21:25 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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18 February 2015 11:13:17 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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18 February 2015 10:54:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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18 February 2015 10:29:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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18 February 2015 10:08:06 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Associated People with Brittany Cemetery.

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18 February 2015 09:54:19 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history
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