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Paul L Van Cleef


Lt Col Paul L Van Cleef, USAF (Ret), flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in the 365th Fighter Group, 387th Fighter Squadron from December 1943 until the end of the war in 1945. He was stationed at Gosfield, Essex, England in December 23, 1943 and moved to Beaulieu, Hants, England on March 5, 1944. He went to France on 27 June, 1944.

Lt Col Van Cleef flew 110 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with 17 Bronze Oak Leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, European Theater of Operation Ribbon with 6 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation with Cluster, Belgian Croix de Guerre (2) and Belgian Fourragere. He retired from USAF on January 1, 1971.


Units served with

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 387th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Beaulieu

    Military site : airfield
    The first airfield site was near East Boldre, used before the First World War. A Royal Flying Corps and RAF station during the First World War, it was sold and dismantled from 1920-1924, though the land was used as a private airfield from 1933 to 1938....

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...


Event Location Date
Based Gosfield 23 December 1943 – 3 May 1944
Based Beaulieu 3 May 1944 – 27 June 1944
Retired 1 January 1971


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