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For information about the Veterans Park contact:

Nederland Parks & Recreation Department
2301 Avenue H
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-724-0773


For information about the Database contact:

Marion & Ed Hughes
Public Library

2712 Nederland Avenue
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-722-1255

Database Number   403
Name   Van Oostrom, Albert William
Birth Date   10 February 1925
Birth Place   Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas
Death Date   24 April 2010
Death Place   Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas
Cause of Death    
Place of Burial   Oak Bluff Cemetery, Port Neches
Service Branch   Army Air Corp


Rank/Grade   Staff Sergeant
Date of Enlistment   21 May 1943
Date of Discharge   7 October 1945
Service Occupation   Flight Engineer, B-17
Decorations, Medals, Badges, etc.    
Additional Service Information   Flew bombing missions over Ploesti, Rumania; Orbassano Ball Bearing Works, Italy; Weiner Neudorf Aircraft Factory, Austria; etc.
Locations of Military Service   Sterperone/Foggia Air Base, Italy
Father   Johannes T. VanOostrom
Mother   Johanna Pleiter VanOostrom
Additional Biographical Information    
Date Added to Database   10 November 2015
Source of Service Information   Veteran's Daughter and other military documentation.
Newspaper Articles  

Chronicle, 6 October 1944, pg. 1


Port Arthur News, 10 November 1944, pg. 4



Port Arthur News, 7 March 1945, pg. 7



Beaumont Enterprise, 8 May 2002



Mid County Chronicle, 11 February 2004, pg. 5A



Photo taken Spring 1944



Missing Air Crew Report taken by the War Department, Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Washington. Beginning in June 1943, the War Department required that a Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) be filed within 48 hours of the time an Army Air Forces plane (and occupants)
was officially declared destroyed or missing in action. Per the National Archives website: "Typically a MACR gives some or all of the following kinds of information about each crew member:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Service number
  • Crew position
  • name and address of next of kin

The report also usually indicates the following:

  • Army Air Forces organization to which the aircraft was assigned
  • Place of departure and destination of the flight plan
  • Weather conditions and visibility at the time of loss
  • Cause of crash
  • Type, model, and serial number of the aircraft and its engines
  • Kinds of weapons installed and their serial numbers

Some case files include the names of persons with some knowledge of the aircraft's last flight. In some cases these are rescued or returned crew members. Most reports do not contain all of the above information, especially those prepared in 1943 and in 1947.


Information from the National Archives database on WWII POWs.



A profile can be found in Bogislaw Zeiba's 2009 book Blechhammer on pg. 22. Mr. Zeiba's mother witnessed the plane Mr. VanOostrom going down outside her village in Southwestern Poland.

Website devoted to the history of Koniowka, Poland includes information on the crash. There is a profile on Mr. VanOostrom on the site. It's in Polish, but you can click here to get to the site and then some browsers will allow you to translate it.