Army Air Forces Capt. George Van Vleet, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.
On Jan. 21, 1944, Van Vleet was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Helen Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was a passenger on crashed shortly after take-off.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Republic Kiribati of for their partnerships in this mission.
Van Vleet’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, site along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
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