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Arthur Theodore Altman Jr


Wingman 55th FS, 20th FG 6:00 combat hours.
MIA Jan. 5, 1944 near Wangerooge Island, Germany. Last seen going into clouds with engine smoking. P-38J s/n 42-67194 MACR 1969.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-67194

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) target support mission to Kiel. Hit by Naval flak. Crashed into North Sea in P-38J 42-67194. Killed in Action (KIA). 5-Jan-44. MACR 1969.

Associated Place

  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...


Event Location Date
Born Ramsey County, MN, USA 16 December 1915

Son of Arthur T and Hazel Louise [Eugley] Altman.

Lived in St Paul, Minnesota 1940
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 24 February 1942
Assigned Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 27 August 1943 – 5 January 1944

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Killed in action Wangerooge, Germany 5 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) target support mission to Kiel.
Hit by Naval flak. Crashed into North Sea in P-38J 42-67194. Killed in Action (KIA). 5-Jan-44. MACR 1969.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing.

Buried Minneapolis, MN, USA 1959

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 00:32:25 fugari Changes to role, biography, awards and media associations

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Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 14:22:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 1969 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 18:47:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1969, 8th AF Losses, WWII Memorial, King;'s Cliffe Memorial Edition / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list