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Netherlands American Cemetery

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Netherlands American Cemetery lies near Maastricht in the Netherlands, it is the only American Cemetery in the Netherlands. The site holds the remains of 8,301 fallen servicemen many who died in ground and airborne operations to liberate eastern Holland or during advances into the Rhine. A further 1,722 names are honoured on the Wall of Missing. A tall memorial and chapel overlook the site and pay respect to the deceased.

The site was liberated by the 30th Infantry Division in September 1944, and a battlefield cemetery was established shortly after by the Ninth Army in November 1944 to accommodate the remains of those who fell in Germany. 43 percent of men who fell in the region are buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery, many reinterred from other nearby temporary cemeteries. The cemetery was designed by Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott and landscaped by Clarke, Rapuano and Halleran, it was dedicated in 1960. The Netherlands American Cemetery is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/netherlands-american-cem...

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People

  • Frank Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Berlin in B-17 42-97632

  • David Albrecht

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • George Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer / Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 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...

  • Harry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Anthony Amaya

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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.

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osnabruck in B-24 41-28609 Shot down 22-Dec-43, A/C exploded in mid air. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2422 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Walter Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Humason Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3100. Mission #16 to Kassel, Germany. MACR 129. Killed in Action. S/Sgt Anderson and Sgt Robbins (LWG) attempted to bail out though the rear door which was stuck. They...

  • Joseph Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Joel Acker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30046 'Merrie Hell', Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #289.

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • Westmoreland Babbage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 416th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in California, and killed in action on 21 March 1945

  • George Babich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-24 42-29693 'Lonesome Polecat' North Sea 70 miles north of Texel Island, 11-Jun-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2807 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Phillip Barker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 24 March 1945 in B-24 #42-50620 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Thomas Barron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-17F 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'. After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary mission to bomb airfields near Hanover, Germany on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and...

  • William Beeson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William was an architect when he joined the AF a few months before Pearl Harbor. He was an accomplished musician. He performed the role of navigator and bombardier in B-24s and B-17s. ...

  • Stanley Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flensburg raid 19-May-43 in B-17 42-29737 'Louise', fought off enemy fighters despite having been wounded in the face. Wounded in Action (WIA). RTD ...

  • Charles Blackburn

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Lloyd Blood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 44-8368 10-Apr-45; shot down by enemy jet, crashed Bernau, Germany; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13882 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 11:09:25 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/netherlands-american-cem...

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