Air Force

May 24, 2012

Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Tags:
Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
(Courtesy photo)
A photo of the gravesite of 2nd Lt. Gustav D. Kjosness at Madingley American Cemetery in Cambridge, England. Kjosness flew with the 572nd Bomb Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces, and was killed while performing a bombing mission against enemy ground targets June 6, 1944. Kjosness, a B-26 Marauder bombardier, died while paving the success for the Normandy, France, landings, and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award in the U.S. Army, equal to the Air Force Cross.

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the U.K.

U.S. Air Force Airmen will participate in the event with speeches, displays from the Royal Air Force Mildenhall Honor Guard and a flyover.

There are 3,812 American heroes laid to rest at Madingley American Cemetery and another 5,127 names inscribed on the Wall of Missing. Nearly 10,000 service members are buried or honored there, and each has their own unique tale.

The following stories take a look at five Airmen laid to rest here:

 

2nd Lt. Gustav D. Kjosness, 572nd Bomb Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces

At Plot F, Row 4, Grave 6, visitors will find the headstone of 2nd Lt. Gustav D. Kjosness, a B-26 Marauder bombardier, who died while paving the success for the Normandy, France, landings.

Kjosness participated in the June 6, 1944, bombing missions against enemy ground targets. Two days later, he was killed during his 32nd combat mission and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. This is the second highest award in the U.S. Army, equal to the Air Force Cross.

 

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Fidares, 303rd Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Forces; and Sgt. Nicholas Fidares, 44th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Forces

At the Wall of Missing, visitors will find the name Tech. Sgt. Anthony Fidares. His brother, Sgt. Nicholas Fidares, is buried in Plot D, Row 6, Grave 23.

According to information provided by Cambridge American Cemetery’s Arthur Brookes, while Anthony Fidares was attempting to bomb an airfield at Esbjaerg, Denmark, on Aug. 27, 1944, his B-17 Flying Fortress received a direct hit to the fuselage, breaking the plane in half. Anthony Fidares and the other crew members were never recovered.

His brother, also an aviator, was on a mission to bomb a rail junction at Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Dec. 28, 1944. Just prior to reaching the enemy coast, the B-24 Liberator he was traveling in encountered engine trouble. On the return to England, the plane lost another engine, crashing and detonating a bomb on board. Nicholas Fidares and the rest of the crew were killed.

 

Staff Sgt. Merl W. Skinner, 301st Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces

Staff Sgt. Merl W. Skinner, a C-47 Skytrain crewchief, can be found buried at Plot F, Row 4, Grave 6.

Skinner, seven crewmates and 13 medical patients crashed into cliffs while on an air evacuation to Prestwick, Scotland. Everyone on board, except Skinner, was killed instantly. He was rescued but passed away before he could receive medical treatment.

 

1st Lt. Sidney Dunagan, 50th Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces

In Plot E, Row 1, Grave 34, visitors will find the grave of 1st Lt. Sidney Dunagan, a pilot who perished June 6, 1944, while leading his element in the initial invasion of France.

After locating his drop zone, many of the paratroopers Dunagan was ferrying jumped into France. After clearing the drop zone, Dunagan’s crew chief notified him that not all of the paratroopers had jumped. Disregarding his own safety, Dunagan turned his plane around and returned toward violent enemy ground fire as a single ship to deliver the remaining Soldiers. Defenseless in an unarmored plane, Dunagan was directly hit by enemy ground fire, killing him instantly. Dunagan was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

What to know before you go to the open house

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Air Show and Open House April 12 and 13. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic...
 
 

D-M Airman defuses situation downrange

One of the biggest defense mechanisms of any expeditionary air base is the ability to launch aircraft to neutralize threats. Several 380th Air Expeditionary Wing agencies are charged with getting air operations back up and running as soon as possible should the flightline or runway be attacked. The 380th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal...
 
 
wall

The writing on the “Walls”

The “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona” open house will feature many showcases, mostly centered on aerial displays. But one exhibit takes us from the skies to the ground and across thousands of miles to the sands of Iraq, ...
 

 

Will Allen: The Flying Tenor

Combining his vocal talents with his flying, Will Allen as “The Flying Tenor” brings a new type of air show performance that will stir your soul. Will sings the national anthem live from the cockpit of his Pitts bi-plane while flying an aerobatic routine that has been choreographed to harmonize with the cadence and crescendos of the...
 
 
DesertRat

Desert Rats

The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Lib...
 
 
USAFBlue

USAFA Wings of Blue

Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. Demonstration venues include airshows, NFL and College football games, and special events across the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin