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://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
http://www.20thfightergroup.com/aces.html
https://www.ancestry.com
   
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 1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
   
Personal Memories
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Aircraft/Missile Information
General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.83 m)
* Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
* Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
* Wing area: 235 ft� (21.83 m�)
* Empty weight: 7,635 lb (3,465 kg)
* Loaded weight: 9,200 lb (4,175 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 12,100 lb (5,490 kg)
* Powerplant: 1� Packard Merlin V-1650-7 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12, 1,695 hp (1,265 kW)
* Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0163
* Drag area: 3.80 ft� (0.35 m�)
* Aspect ratio: 5.83

Performance

* Maximum speed: 437 mph (703 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
* Cruise speed: 362 mph (580 km/h)
* Stall speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
* Range: 1,650 mi (2,755 km) with external tanks
* Service ceiling 41,900 ft (12,770 m)
* Rate of climb: 3,200 ft/min (16.3 m/s)
* Wing loading: 39 lb/ft� (192 kg/m�)
* Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (300 W/kg)
* Lift-to-drag ratio: 14.6
* Recommended Mach limit 0.8

Armament

* 6 � 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns; 400 rounds per gun for the two inboard guns; 270 per outboard gun
* 2 hardpoints for up to 2,000 lb (907 kg)
* 10 � 5 in (127 mm) rockets


Specifications

* A-36A Apache - Dive bomber (US Army)
* F-6 - US Army offshoots model
* F-6A - US Army offshoots model
* F-6C - Reconnaissance variant
* P-51A - More powerful powerplant; 4 x machine guns.
* P-51B - 4 x machine guns; Original and bubble canopy.
* P-51C - 4 x machine guns; Original and bubble canopy.
* P-51D - Classic variant; most produced.
* P-51H - Lighter airframe version
* P-51K - Featuring an Aeroproducts propeller.
* F-51 - Redesignated to "Fighter" in the new jet fighter age.
* F-6K - Reconnaissance version of P-51K

   
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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011
   
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