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Arthur A Van Cleef


On 27 January 1943 in B-24D #41-23690 while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an FW-190 (Yellow #, serial 5604) pf JG/1 3 Staffel, piloted by Fw Fritz Koch. Both aircraft crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland near Harlingen. Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23690

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D SN # 41-23690, from the 8th Air force in Britain, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron, was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to find the target because of weather and...


  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Waddenzee 27 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an FW-190 and crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, 6269 NA Migraten, Netherlands 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 04:02:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 21:30:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15637; Added Commemorated Event and decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connection to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position to Biography and other details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:01 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 15637 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database