SSgt Joseph C Keen, Jr

Birth
Canada
Death 9 Apr 1944 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56765362 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J "Super" #42-73338, 65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force During World War II.

He resided in Montgomery County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 12, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a filer, grinder, buffer, and polisher of metal and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-73338 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a bombing mission over Hansa Bay. They were hit, over the target, by ground anti-aircraft fire which blew off one of the wings and they crashed into the sea.

Joseph was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 35467991

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-73338:

Ball, Louis D ~ Sgt, Gunner, IL
Bialy, Joseph G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Brown, James C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, SC
Fitzgerald, Robert E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Huntington, Harry F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Keen, Joseph C, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Schlesier, Harold G ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Smith, Earle P, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, MA
Steffanelli, Patrick P ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Taylor, John W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TN

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56765362
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Joseph C Keen, Jr (1921–9 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56765362, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .