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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

  • 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)

  • 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 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) ...

  • 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,...

  • Roy Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Toulouse, France in B-17 42-37958 'Old Faithful' 25-Jun-44; crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Paul Arthaud

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Eastman crew. Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Avendano

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Avendano took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192) ...

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  • Harry Adams

    Military | Private First Class | Radio operator | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died of Wounds (DOW) 26-Aug-42. Awards: 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.

  • 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) ...

  • Roy Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Toulouse, France in B-17 42-37958 'Old Faithful' 25-Jun-44; crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Harold Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Killed instantaneously by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Paul Bertsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Last seen on take-off and most likely crashed into the North Sea on a mission to Oranienburg, Germany on 3-Mar-44 in B-24 42-7491 'Pregnant Peg II'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2800 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Clyde Binder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Crashed on crew's first mission in 'TS' B-24J 42-110071. Hit by flak over Germany. Made it back to England crashing near Bredfield killing entire crew.

  • Alan Bobrow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamm, Germany in B-17 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' 4-Feb-43; attacked by fighters, crashed in North Sea near Terschelling Island. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3557 & 4635 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Frederick Bofink

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landing at RAF Oulton in B-24 42-94775 18-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC). PH.

  • Reuel Boring

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 29-Apr-44 in B-17 42-97219 later named 'Reuel's Revenge' by pilot Bornuccelli Veter. The mission pilot Miller and Sgt Boring were hit by flak and killed by flak during the mission to Berlin, but the aircraft was...

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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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