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Hunting AAF dead in temporary European cemeteries

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by 25Kingman49, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    I have been asked to do a little background bio for an AAF pilot KIA, for now anonymous and has little bearing on my question at hand. I hope some of our French members can help; all others welcome too.

    The veteran in question was killed during Operation Dragoon in Southern France. Attached is the US re interment record, names redacted, for now.

    My main query here is the line on this document: returned from Luynes-Aix-En-Provence, France

    Probably another stupid question but is this a specific cemetery, temporary or otherwise? Or is this a generality used for cemeteries in the south of France? Could this be what became the Rhone American Cemetery https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/rhone-american-cemetery#.WZNoveSWyM8 or not necessarily correct.

    If you do not know with certainty please do not respond, I can guess enough on my own.

    Found this interesting site http://qmgrs.com/war-cemeteries-map-world-war-ii/ not sure if it holds the answer I seek but may help others searching this topic.

    Thanks in advance for help with this specific "Luynes-Aix-En-Provence, France" [where was it?] topic.

    The individual KIA was shot down crashing at Carquieranne east of Toulon, France after attaching that target, if this helps with the cemetery of initial interment in southern France.

    grave location - redacted.jpg
  2. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Luynes Cemetery, (temporary internment site 3551) was a temporary cemetery operated by the 46th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company. It was located at Luynes, Aix-en-Provence.


    (Luynes is right in the middle of the map.)

    Site is mentioned on this link: https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=664&p=topics.Military.wwii.photos

    Background on the 46th:
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  3. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Rolland.
    I very much appreciate your help. I had found the ancestry link earlier but did not make/"read" the (temporary internment site 3551) connection. Most interesting to learn how difficult it is to find these WW II temporary cemetery locations currently. I guess these days many of theses villages/towns/cities are reluctant to advertise this sacred grounds history and the real-estate involved, i.e. your house or business is built on a reclaimed WW II graveyard, likely does not add to property value.
  4. James Mcadory

    James Mcadory New Member

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  5. tothfzs

    tothfzs Member

    European cemeteries: Budapest Hungary
    American airmen who died during the war in Hungary were buried in the cemetery of villages or towns. After the war is over Colonel Walter G.Rishel received the order task of locating American graves in Hungary in preparation for the arrival of a Graves Registration Team. It was the job of these teams to send the bodies of the American airmen for burial in an American military cemetery near Budapest, or back to the United States, whichever was the wish of the next of kin of the deceased. Behind the Iron Curtain, the task of locating American graves was never routine for it requires considerable initiative and detective effort. In 1948, cause political situation (Cold War) buried in Budapest american airmen evacuated, reburial Lorraine American Cemetery St Avold, France.

    Ancient cemetery in Budapest:
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