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Joe Melven Keefhaver

Military

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: AM, Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME(6 battle satrs), Good Conduct.

Service

People

  • George Stanford

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On bomber escort to Budapest, shot down in the Budapest area after squadron engaged by 20+ Bf109’s. Lt Stanford Jr POW. 2-Jul-44. MACR 6799. Awards: AM, DFC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

Aircraft

  • 42-106786

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down, whilst strafing a train, when section bounced by mixed group of Bf109 and Fw190's Le Neubourg, France. Pilot Lt Harold L Ross Jr KIA. 6-Jun-44. MACR 5612.

  • 43-7032

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR), lost contact with section in climbing turn in cloud, aircraft crashed Onkerzele, Belgium. German records indicate aircraft had been struck by lightning. Pilot Lt Killed in Action KIA. MACR 5669.

  • 44-13402

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On bomber escort to Budapest, shot down in the Budapest area after squadron engaged by 20+ Bf109’s. Pilot Lt George I Stanford Jr POW. 2-Jul-44. MACR 6799.

  • 44-15167 'Umbriago'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Robert A Moe.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Edgerton, MO 64444, USA 27 November 1919

Son of William Nicholas and Grace [Hellyer] Keefhaver.

Based Debden 9 December 1942 – 6 July 1945

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1 April 1943

Promoted to Sergeant.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK August 1943

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Died Edgerton, MO 64444, USA 16 October 2003
Buried Ridgely Community Cemetery Ridgely Platte County MO 19 October 2003

Ridgely Community Cemetery
Ridgely
Platte County
Missouri, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2021 22:37:44 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/618487208
https://www.fold3.com/record/713389995/keefhaver-joe-m-u-s-veterans-grav...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30363821/joe-m-keefhaver

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2017 13:50:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ke...
https://www.fold3.com/page/65504378_joe_m%20keefhaver/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30363821

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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