Cambridgeshire

Cambridge American Cemetery appeals for photographs

S Sgts Edward and Edwin Hensley (known as Jack and Joe) Image copyright Cambridge American Cemetery
Image caption Twins Edward and Edwin Hensley (left and middle), killed on 17 Feb 1945, are among those remembered

A US military cemetery is trying to source photographs of each man and woman it commemorates.

Nearly 9,000 Americans who died during World War Two are remembered at Cambridge American Cemetery.

Staff have found 3,000 photographs so far and are appealing to the public to help them find the remainder.

Guide Suzie Harrison said: "Being able to put a face to the name on a headstone or on the Wall of the Missing really resonates with visitors."

She added: "They have a deeper understanding of the sacrifice of these young Americans and their families."

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Image caption 2nd Lt Richard Klopfenstein's plane disappeared in fog near Strasbourg, France, in December 1944, but the crew's remains were not discovered until 1997
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Image caption Cemetery staff have now learned that a scholarship appeal was started for 2nd Lt Klopfenstein's son Jerry, who was 11 months old when his father died

The cemetery, at Madingley, near Cambridge, is the UK's only permanent US World War Two military burial ground.

It commemorates 8,914 people, including those for whom there are no remains because they were lost in the sea, or who took off from UK air bases but were not seen alive again.

Staff launched an appeal to match images to each person listed about six months ago, and have already added more than 2,000 photos to the cemetery's original database of 700.

These include pictures of twins Edward and Edwin Hensley, who died on their 17th mission on a B-24 Liberator.

It ditched in the sea nine miles (14km) north of Cromer, Norfolk.

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Image caption Col Lewis S Frederick and his dog Major Jerry died after their plane crashed over Lincolnshire in 1944
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Image caption About 3.5 million Americans passed through Britain during WW2, and those whose remains were never found are remembered on the Wall of the Missing

Cemetery associate Tracey Haylock said staff had received help via Facebook and from the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organisation for women descended from soldiers who fought in the US War of Independence.

The 75th anniversary of the "friendly invasion", when US forces first arrived in the UK, is on Monday.

The cemetery will mark the anniversary during a weekend of events in the run-up to US Memorial Day on 29 May.

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