Son of Mrs. Adelaide Morton who resided in Brooklyn, New York.
Joseph served as a Flight Officer, 68th Squadron, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Bergen County, New Jersey prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on April 1, 1941, prior to the war, in Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.
He may have been married sometime after his enlistment.
Joseph was a passenger on C-46D #44-77360 that was assigned to the 70th Squadron, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force.
C-46D #44-77360 took off, with a crew of 4 and 21 passengers, on a ferrying mission from Elmore Field, Mindoro, Philippine Islands to Tarauan, Leyte, Philippine Islands.
They crashed, due to bad weather, into a mountainside approximately 4 miles northwest of San Roque, Leyte, Philippine Islands. The entire crew and all passenger were killed on this flight.
Joseph was declared "Killed In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" on this mission during the war.
He had previously been awarded the Air Medal.
Service # T-002563
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Crew who perished on C-46D #44-77360:
Bruno, Samuel A ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Haslam, Wilson B ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WA
Poillucci, Arthur T ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, NY
Reed, Myles V ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NJ
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Passengers who perished on C-46D #44-77360:
Adkins, Chester C ~ Pfc, IL
Baird, John H, Jr ~ 1st Lt, MO
Baker, Raymond E ~ T/4, WA
Bekenstein, Charles J ~ T/5, D.C.
Compton, Lewis G, Jr ~ Capt, TX
Davis, Guy J ~ Pfc, NC
Dougherty, Charles E ~ Capt, WA
Enochs, Charles S ~ Capt, CO
Fatula, Andrew ~ Sgt, PA
Frankforther, Lewis L ~ Pvt, OH
Gonzalez, Alejandro ~ S/Sgt, TX
Hageman, Jack F ~ Pfc, OH
Horning, Adam E ~ T/5, MI
Jacobs, James A ~ 2nd Lt, WV
Sass, Joseph F ~ FO, NJ
Sermersheim, Joseph J, Jr, Corp, KY
Turner, Charles H ~ Capt, AL
Walton, Robert M ~ Corp, PA
Weston, Bruce S ~ T/5, VA
Wigen, Ken J ~ Corp, WI
Willis, John R ~ 1st Lt, NY
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )