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Cambridge American Cemetery

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The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American Second World War military cemetery in the British Isles. The cemetery contains 3,812 headstones of American men and women who died during the Battle of the Atlantic, the Strategic Bombing Campaign and on British soil. A further 5,127 names are commemorated on the Wall of Missing. A memorial Chapel and visitor centre also honour the dead, and provide information on those commemorated and an understanding of the crucial campaign they fought in.

The Cambridge American Cemetery was established as a temporary cemetery, Cambridge American Military Cemetery, on land donated by the University of Cambridge in 1943 outside the village of Madingley in Cambridgeshire. It was selected as the permanent memorial to fallen American servicemen in Britain after the War, and was designed by Perry, Shaw Hepburn and Dean and landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers. The cemetery was dedicated in 1956 and is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

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People

  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Command Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lt. Clarence Aaberg was killed on his 3rd mission, flying the B-17 42-37855, returning from a mission to Regensburg, Germany, 25-Feb-44. His Fortress was hit and lost the #3 engine 10 minutes after bombing it's target. The crew saw quite a few German...

  • Frank Abbadessa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30182 'Blondie II'. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Norman Acido

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 715BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-24 42-7709 'Maid of Tin' 5-Jan-44; shot down, crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2515 Awards: AM, PH.

  • George Aguayo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed on mission to Solingen, B-24 42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land 1-Dec-43. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

  • Marvin Albertson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Mid Air Collision when - on a training flight- his P-51 42-14422 collided with P-51 42-14791 and crashed at Wilden, Worcestershire, England. Killed in Flying Accident KIFA 27-Oct-44. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • David Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Crashed, exploded and burned 5-Jan-45 in assembly ship B-24 44-40165 'Rage in Heaven' near Swaffham after taking off in a snowstorm to lead the assembly of the group. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Henry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 715BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-24 42-7709 'Maid of Tin' 5-Jan-44; shot down, crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2515 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Allison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Atlantic weather mission 17-Mar-45 in B-17 44-8601; Allah weather flight disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. Believed to have ditched west of St. Eval due to mechanical failure. Killed in Action ...

  • Harry Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bremen / Wilhelmshaven in B-17 42-29915 11-Jun-43; Shot down, plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1760 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Robert H. Anderson, of Thaxton, Virginia, a member of the 7th Station Complement Squadron was accidentally shot in the left chest about 1630 hours and died in the Station hospital a few minutes later. The shot was fired by Sgt. Martin L. Miller,...

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Buried or commemorated

  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Command Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lt. Clarence Aaberg was killed on his 3rd mission, flying the B-17 42-37855, returning from a mission to Regensburg, Germany, 25-Feb-44. His Fortress was hit and lost the #3 engine 10 minutes after bombing it's target. The crew saw quite a few German...

  • Norman Acido

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 715BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-24 42-7709 'Maid of Tin' 5-Jan-44; shot down, crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2515 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Arthur Adams

    Military | Sergeant | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt Arthur Adams was the son of Joseph R and Delphia J Adams. He was from Post Oak, Clay county, Texas. He enlisted Feb. 22, 1943 in Abilene, Texas. Killed along with eight other men when B-17 42-102567 (Sarah Gray) crashed on takeoff for a bombing...

  • Henry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 715BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-24 42-7709 'Maid of Tin' 5-Jan-44; shot down, crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2515 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Walter Ambrogetti

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17-Sep-44. Plane exploded on take-off. Plane was B-17 42-97872 "Rosie's Sweat Box". Cpl. Walter J. Ambrogetti survived the crash but died later the same day of his wounds Awards: PH.

  • Seymour Ausfresser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Seymour Ausfresser was a Navigator in Crew 1 assigned to 712th BS, 448th BG, 8th USAAF in Seething, England. Crew 1 was flying B-24 41-28711 'Little Sheppard' on mission to bomb the synthetic oil plant in Brux, Czechoslovakia on 21-Apr-44, when it...

  • Walter Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Rostock in B-17 42-31447 'Cookie' 11-Apr-44; plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3811 Awards: AM (2OLC), EAME, PH.

  • George Barton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Ted, as he was known to his friends, was assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Cologne mission 15-Oct-44; Crashed 1000 yds from end of runway near Anstey Church, bomb load exploded on impact. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15229 ...

  • Ralph Bayer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne in B-17 42-37936 'The All American Girl' 10-Jan-45; shot down by flak, crashed Gladbach. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11744 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH (OLC).

  • Leroy Bayless

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Leroy was a tail gunner in B-17 42-97387 "Maude an' Maria". He was killed over Cologne Germany on 15-Oct-44 on his very first mission. His cause of death is listed as "hypoxia" or "anoxia", by varying accounts. ...

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Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 15:11:48 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and media associations
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Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/cambridge-american-cemetery

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