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Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

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The Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial lies near Neupré in Belgium, it is one of three American Cemeteries in Belgium, along with Flanders Field (First World War) and Henri-Chappelle. The site contains the headstones of 5,322 military dead, many who fell during the Ardennes Offensive in winter 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944- January 1945. An additional 1,722 names are commemorated on the Wall of Missing. Three fifths of the fallen honoured at the Ardennes American Cemetery belong to airmen. A vast stone memorial chapel overlooks the site, emblazoned with an American Eagle, marble maps inside the chapel outline combat and supply activities during the Ardennes campaign.

The site was liberated by the 1st Infantry Division in September 1944, a temporary cemetery was established in February 1945. Following the war the site was chosen as a permanent cemetery, the Graves Registration Service oversaw the reinterment of remains. The American Battle Monuments Commision, who own and maintain the site oversaw the design by Reinhard, Hofmeister and Walquist and landscaping by Richard K Webel. The Ardennes American Cemetery was dedicated in 1960.

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

Connections

People

  • Olger Aal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Brussels, one of five A/C bombing Diest aerodrome, failed to rejoin after attack, cause unknown 29-Aug-44. 1st Lt Aal Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8312. ...

  • Herman Adolfae

    Military | First Lieutenant | 31st Transport Group
    KIA. C-47 # 41-18627 presumed to have been shot down near Dunkirk.

  • Vincent Aiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31785 'Slightly Dangerous II' 4-Mar-44; shot down by fighters after losing an engine and falling behind and crashed NE of Stendal, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2797 ...

  • Allan Alford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Loftin crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29958 'Battlin' Bombsprayer'. Mission #37 to the Arado Aircraft components at Anklam, Germany. MACR 886. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Richard Allee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 90 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Clarence Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 368th Fighter Group
    Clarence E Allen was declared missing in action on 12 October 1944, aged 23. Allen was taking part in a dive-bombing mission over Aachen, when his squadron engaged enemy fighters over Dusseldorf. All aircraft except Allen's returned to base, and...

  • George Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • Oscar Ambrose

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 303BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brux in B-17 44-6351 4-Mar-45; flak, crashed Waidhofen, Austria; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12903 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Vermont Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions (Aachen, Hamm, Hamm, Merseburg). Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg; hit by flak after bombs away, crashed Flur Oberkotzau, Germany. 30-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10831 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Raymond Ankeny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130 Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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Buried or commemorated

  • Tzolag Aaronian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Krefeld in B-24 "Wynn" Our Little Lady #42-95088. The 9 man crew bailed at around 2200 feet altitude over Sevelen, Germany while trying to reach allied lines around 15 miles NW of Krefeld. 8 of the crew were captured. Tzolag...

  • Gaetano Abbatiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    S/Sgt Gaetano C "Tommy" Abbatiello was the son of James Abbatiello and Lucia Grimaldo. His father owned a barber shop on Lake Avenue in Yonkers and Tommy worked there while taking flying lessons as a civilian. He received his pilot's license in 1940....

  • Jack Abrams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 464th Bomb Group
    On the 17th October 1944, whilst on route from Pantanella, Italy to bomb an ordnance factory South of Vienna, 1st Lieutenant Abrams plane, B24-J Liberator, (Lively Lady), was hit by flak. Abrams was believed to have been killed instantly on the flight...

  • Marvin Abrams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down in flames after fighter attacks and crashed near Einbeck, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7569 'Sky Wolf'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Argent Acosta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation,...

  • Hyman Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-5826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Vincent Aiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31785 'Slightly Dangerous II' 4-Mar-44; shot down by fighters after losing an engine and falling behind and crashed NE of Stendal, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2797 ...

  • Alex Alford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Allee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 90 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 August 1944 in B-24 #4129473 'Bolicat. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 11:47:58 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

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

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