Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Malcolm Van Meter


Killed in Action (KIA) on 11-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 when he was forced to bale out of his aircraft 30 miles west of The Hague, Holland. He had been despatched on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Munster, Germany and his aircraft ran out of fuel on the return.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-74626

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 was assigned to 56FG/62FS at Halesworth, UK on 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Malcolm Van Meter, was depatched with others from the Gruop to provide withdrawl support of B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. 2LT Van...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-177 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 59 P-38 combined from 55FG and 20FG/79FS despatched to provide escort for the bomber formations attacking at Munster. ...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 11 November 1943

Baled out over the North Sea when his aircraft ran out of fuel returning from a mission escorting B-17s attacking at Munster, Germany.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 20:26:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added SN, Rank and KIA event per MACR 1439. Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /