Relation with Lake (class): Former Air War Cemetery (FLC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): 1 end WW2, today: 0 (exhumed) 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 0
Unknown today: 0
of which unknown from Lake (LC-U): 0
of which unknown from North Sea (NS-U): 0
Initial burial site in WW2: yes.
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: no


In canal the Walengracht near this church a USAAF P-38 Lightning crashed on 29 February 1944. It was P-38J  42-67404 (364FG) with pilot Lt. Colonel Frederick C. Grambo (killed). The people here searched on the crash site in the canal with hooks and found his parachute deployed underwater with Col. Grambo's body attached. The Germans allowed a quiet burial on this churchyard.

Dutch name cemetery: Giethoorn Begraafplaats Protestantse Kerk
Full name: Giethoorn Protestant Churchyard
Address (usable for car navigation):
Beulakerweg 80, Giethoorn.

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After the war a US Quarter Master Grave Registration Unit exhumed his remains. He was reburied in the US war cemetery "Netherlands" in Margraten. In the 1970's, scuba- divers found material of this aircraft. The wreck was fully recovered by the Dutch Airforce. More remains of Col. Grambo were recovered and included in his grave in Margraten. In the Protestant church in Giethoorn the original wartime grave marker (wooden cross with his name) is hanging on the wall. They keep his memory alive. The church is only open on Sundays for a service at 10:00h.

For more information and photos please see the site of Pats Schuurman:
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