I just lately took the alternative of visiting Cambridge American Cemetery, England. The cemetery incorporates the stays of three,812 American service personnel and remembers 5,127 others on the Wall of the Lacking. It’s the solely Second World War American Cemetery in the United Kingdom. As I do with Nationwide Cemeteries in the United States, I took a while to search for Irish American graves, and to uncover one thing of their tales. Notably as many of my readers have possible not had a chance to go to, I made a decision to make a slight departure from the regular content material on the website, and share particulars on some of the males under.
Whereas I used to be at the Cemetery (on a Sunday), the bells started to ring– some of the sounds and music are captured in this video
The grave of Technical Sergeant William C. Grady, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Technical Sergeant William C.Grady, Iowa
William was a Radio Operator and gunner aboard B-24 Liberator 42-64490 “Cee Gee II” serving with 735th Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group, eighth Air Pressure. He operated out of Previous Buckenham, Norfolk. On 22nd April 1944 William’s Liberator was amongst a quantity despatched to focus on marshalling yards in Hamm, half of Germany’s Ruhr Valley. On the return journey “Cee Gee II” was jumped by a JU-88 off the English coast and crashed simply after making landfall. For extra on the destiny of William and his crewmen see Liberator Males of Previous Buc. You can even see William’s entry at the American Air Museum in Britain.
The grave of Personal Walter J. Nolan, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Personal Walter J. Nolan, Pennsylvania
Walter was a member of the crew of B-17 Flying Fortress “Battlin’ Betsey”, half of 563rd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, eighth Air Drive, based mostly at Knetishall, Norfolk. On 13 October 1943 they have been on a non-operational flight when their plane crashed simply off the runway, killing 4 of the crew, together with Walter. You’ll be able to learn Walter’s entry at the American Air Museum of Britain right here.
The grave of Staff Sergeant Edward Monaghan, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Staff Sergeant Edward H. Monaghan, New York
Edward was born in Monroe, New York in 1916. He was a member of 394th Bomber Group (Medium), 587th Bomb Squadron, IX Bomber Command. On 6th June 1944 he was part of a B-26 Marauder crew assigned to targets in support of the Normandy Landings. Flying out of Boreham, Essex, the plane tragically collided with another Marauder over Gillingham, Kent, bringing down both planes and killing all aboard. Unfortunately a number of civilians also perished. You can read about more about the story of the fateful incident at the website dedicated to the The Gillingham & Battle B-26 Crashes of 1944.
The grave of Second Lieutenant Thomas C. Costello, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Second Lieutenant Thomas C. Costello, New Jersey
Born in 1914, Thomas was a star college baseball player (you can see his profile at Baseball’s Greatest Sacrifice). He joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and was assigned to B-26 Marauders. A transportation officer with 533rd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He had only recently arrived in Britain when he was killed in an accident at Snetterton Heath airfield in Norfolk on 7th June 1943. You can see Tom’s biography and an image of him at his American Air Museum entry here.
The grave of Private John J. Powers, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Private John J. Powers, New York
John, from New York City, was a member of the 130th Chemical Processing Company based in Sloane Court, Chelsea, London. Just before 8am on the morning John and his comrades were loading onto trucks to head out when a V-1 flying bomb descended on them. Though some were able to reach cover, many were caught in the open or on the trucks when the bomb detonated. John was one of them. At least 66 American service personnel lost their lives, the worst death-toll the United States military suffered in a V-1 blast. You can read a detailed account of the incident at the London Memorial website here.
The grave of Employees Sergeant Robert E. Welch, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant Robert E. Welch, New Jersey
Robert served on P-51D -5-NA Mustang 44-13837, nicknamed “Miss Marilyn II”. He was hooked up to 785th Bomb Squadron, 466th Bomb Group which have been based mostly at Attlebridge, Norfolk, as half of the eighth Air Drive. He and First Lieutenant Robert Vogel had simply taken off on 28th July 1944 when the aircraft stalled, crashing at the finish of the runway and detonating their two 1,000 pound bombs. Each males have been killed. You possibly can learn Robert’s entry at the American Air Museum right here.
Grave of First Lieutenant William P. O’Connell, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
First Lieutenant William P.O’Connell, California
William flew P-38J 5E-S 42-68025, part of 385th Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, part of VIII Fighter Command. He died in his Lightning on 28th April 1944.
First Lieutenant William P. O’Connell (US Air Force)
Grave of Signalman Third Class James P. Ryan, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Signalman Third Class James P. Ryan Junior, New York
James was a native of Syracuse and member of the United States Naval Reserve. He was a crewmember aboard Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 507. On 28th April 1944 they were taking part in Exercise Tiger, the large-scale training operation that was preparing the men for the D-Day Landings. While in Lyme Bay off the coasts of Devon they were attacked by German E-Boats and torpedoed just after 2 in the morning. A total of 424 men on board were killed, including James. In total 746 personnel died in the E-Boat assault, a disaster that had to remain secret lest it jeopardise the upcoming invasion.
Memorial to those who lost their lives during Exercise Tiger located at Utah Beach, Normandy (Jebulon via Wikipedia)
Grave of Employees Sergeant John P. Burke, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant John P. Burke, Georgia
John was a gunner aboard B-17 Flying Fortress 44-6133, half of 525th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (Heavy), eighth Air Drive. John and his comrades have been based mostly out of Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire. On 19th June 1944 the Fortress was assigned a mission to bomb suspected V-1 rocket websites in Europe. Flying excessive about the Kent countryside, they collided with one other B-17, “Heavenly Body II”, at over 18,000 ft. Spinning out of management, 44-6133 went into the River Thames, with just one crew member getting out. John was amongst these killed. You’ll be able to learn an in depth account of the accident, together with eye-witness stories, at canveyisland.org right here.
Grave of Employees Sergeant John MacCallum, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant John MacCallum, Connecticut
John was the right-waist gunner on B-17 Flying Fortress “Tenny Belle” which was half of the 525th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (Heavy) out of Kimbolton. On the 11th April 1944 they have been starting a mission to focus on a Focke-Wulf manufacturing manufacturing unit once they crashed at Fen Farm, Stow Bardolph, Suffolk. You’ll be able to learn John’s entry at the American Air Museum right here.
John MacCallum’s B-17, Tenny Belle (US Air Force)
Grave of Technical Sergeant John E. Mahoney, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Technical Sergeant John E. Mahoney, New Jersey
John was the top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator of 579th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group. Assigned to a bombing mission against Genshagen, Berlin on 6th March 1944, his plane crashed into a tree after take-off at Great Dunham, Norfolk. The bombs exploded, killing all ten crewmen aboard. You can read more about the incident and the raid at the b24.net site here.
Grave of Employees Sergeant John J. Conlin, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant John J. Conlin Junior, New York
John was the right-waist gunner on B-17 42-3268 “Carol Jane” of 413th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group out of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk. Shortly after taking off on fifth January 1944 the aircraft misplaced energy and veered to the aspect, detonating the bomb load and the gasoline, and killing everybody aboard. You’ll be able to see John’s entry at the American Air Museum right here.
Grave of Captain William R. Fleming, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Captain William R. Fleming, New York
Born into a military family in New York in 1921, William flew a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter out of Lymington, Hampshire. He was part of the 10th Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. On 19th April 1944 he was involved in a mid-air collision near the base, which ended his life.
Grave of Private First Class Glenn S. Hayes, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Private First Class Glenn S. Hayes, New York
Glenn, born in Chautauqua in 1921, served in the 359th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division. Wounded during the Ardennes fighting he was repatriated to England, where he died of his wounds on 27th January 1945.
Grave of Technical Sergeant Joseph F. Boyle, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Technical Sergeant Joseph Francis Boyle, Pennsylvania
Joe was a member of Philadelphia’s Irish American group, the place he married Margaret O’Donnell. A member of the 351st Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, eighth Air Drive. A radio operator gunner on a B17 referred to as “Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk”, he was on a mission over Gelsenkirchen on fifth November 1943 once they aircraft was struck by flak. A fraction penetrated the fuselage and penetrated the prime of his flak jacket, piercing his coronary heart. You’ll be able to learn an in depth account of Joe’s life and repair at the 100th Bomb Group Basis right here.
Picture taken from “Nine Little Yanks and a Jerk” throughout a raid over Schweinfurt, Germany, a mission Joe was on lower than three weeks earlier than his demise (US Air Drive)
Grave of Employees Sergeant Edward J. Minehan, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant Edward J. Minehan, New York
Edward was the left waist gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress “Shooting Star”, half of the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (The Ragged Irregulars). When coming back from a mission over Stuttgart on sixth September 1943 they ditched in the Channel, having apparently run out of gasoline. The aircraft sank in seconds, drowning all on board, together with Edward. You’ll be able to learn his entry at the American Air Museum right here.
Grave of Sergeant Vincent P. Hyland, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Sergeant Vincent P. Hyland, New Jersey
Vincent was the nostril gunner aboard the B24 Liberator “Lassie Come Home.” She was a “Mother Ship” on the Aphrodite Venture, which sought to make use of bombers full of explosive as distant managed missiles. They flew out of Horsham St. Religion in Norfolk as half of 458th Bomb Group. On 14th January 1945 they took injury whereas on operations over Europe, and misplaced their engines earlier than they might make it to their touchdown strip, crashing only a mile away from the base. Eight of the crew died, together with Vincent. Tragically, the Liberator got here down in a residential space in Norwich, killing youngsters Mary and Brian Kemp who have been enjoying in their backyard. You possibly can examine the incident right here and right here. Vincent’s American Air Museum entry is right here.
Grave of Boatswain’s Mate First Class Joseph M. Dinneen, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Boatswain’s Mate First Class Joseph M. Dinneen, South Carolina
A member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, Joseph was another who was aboard Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 507 during Exercise Tiger on 28th April 1944 when she was attacked by German E Boats (see James P. Ryan Junior, above), losing his life in the action.
Grave of Second Lieutenant Richard J. Collins, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Second Lieutenant Richard J. Collins, Michigan
Richard was the navigator aboard the B-24 Liberator “Jack the Ripper II”. It served as half of 791st Bomber Squadron, 467th Bomber Group (Heavy) out of Manston, Kent. Coming back from a mission over Lille on third August 1944–their third trip–they crashed, with 4 of the crew, together with Richard, dropping their lives. Richard’s American Air Museum entry is right here.
Charles E Gorman (Damian Shiels)
Employees Sergeant Charles E. Gorman, New York
Charles was the ball turret gunner on the B17 “Heaven Can Wait”, which was half of 711th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bomb Group, based mostly out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. On 27th March 1944 on a mission to Merignac, France, they took off in dangerous climate, however crashed close to Bullswood Lane, Cockfield quickly afterwards, with Charles dropping his life. You possibly can see his American Air Museum entry right here.
Name of Joseph P. Kennedy, Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery (Damian Shiels)
Lieutenant Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Massachusetts
Joe Kennedy is best known as the older brother of future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. A member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, he was sent to England in September 1943 and flew a PG4U-Liberator on anti-submarine missions, part of Bomber Squadron 110. On 12th August 1944 he was participating in an Operation Aphrodite mission when the explosive-laden Liberator he was piloting exploded prematurely (it had been intended to detonate into U-boat pens in Heligoland, killing both Kennedy and Lieutenant Wilford John Willy. As he had no remains, he is remembered on the Wall of the Missing. Among the others commemorated there are musician Glenn Miller, and Medal of Honor recipient Leon R. Vance Junior.
The final recognized photograph of Joseph Kennedy, taken simply earlier than he boarded his aircraft on the day he died (Earl P. Olsen by way of Wikipedia)
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