McKeon, Joseph Thomas, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, POW Germany
Service Years
1941 - 1963
Foreign Language(s)
French
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City, NY
Last Address
Oceanside, California

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2002
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION CBH ROW 3 SITE 169

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor


 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal




 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association1


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat in the Pacific Theater and then went to Europe and shot down 1 German aircraft before he was himself shot down and held as a POW.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Joseph T. McKeon, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a Pilot with the 433d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, V Fighter Command, General Orders No. 5 (1943)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 433d Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 475th Fighter Group

Division: 5th Air Force

   
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http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=219
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=48716
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74956486
http://www.20thfightergroup.com/aces.html
http://www.20thfightergroup.com/uploads/2/5/6/1/25611749/mckeon_encounter_reports.pdf
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_008.php
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_475.php
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_020.php
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_mc_keon_j_t.php
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/136487
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https://www.ancestry.com
   
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 1942-1943, P-39 Airacobra
From Year
1942
To Year
1943
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Specifications
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Model Bell P-39M Airacobra
Length 30.15 ft | 9.19 m
Width 33.99 ft | 10.36 m
Height 11.84 ft | 3.61 m
Engine(s) 1 x Allison V-1710-83 water-cooled engine generating 1,200hp.
Empty Weight 5,611 lbs | 2,545 kg
MTOW 8,400 lbs | 3,810 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 650 miles | 1,046 km
Ceiling 35,991 ft | 10,970 m | 6.8 miles
Climb Rate 3,333 ft/min (1,015.9 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 37mm cannon mounted in the nose
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
4 x 7.62mm machine guns

Up to 500lbs of external ordnance as needed.
Accommodations 1




   
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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011
   
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