Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
Joseph A. Maldjian (Maj., USAF, Ret.), 91, of Tinton Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Mr. Maldjian was born and raised in Atlantic City. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and during WWII, flew 30 missions over Germany as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Bomber. He would go on to serve in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Major. After the war, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He then embarked on a successful career in engineering and moved to Asbury Park, where he met his neighbor Rosemary, who quickly became the love of his life. They married and settled in Interlaken, where they raised their family. He worked for the Department of Defense at Fort Monmouth, retiring after 35 years of service. He enjoyed photography, stamp and coin collecting, and vacationing with his family, but above all, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Mr. Maldjian was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosemary (nee Coppola), in 2007. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Bernadette and Glenn Davis of Wayside, Peter and Patty Maldjian of Brielle, Jeanette and John Keegan of Oakhurst, and John Maldjian of Rumson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ashley and Shannon Fitzpatrick; Glenn Davis, Jr.; Kate, Maggie, Sean, Meghan, and Kevin Maldjian; Paige, Matthew and Taylor Keegan; and Kyle and Alex Maldjian. Also surviving are Mr. Maldjian’s in-laws, Kay and Tony Coppola, and his nephew and nieces, Anthony Coppola, Marisa Procopio, and Amanda Proscia, as well as other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Route 35, Wall, NJ, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 4 – 8 PM. A service will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 10:30 AM followed by entombment at St. Catharine Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Maldjian’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...
Military site : airfield
Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...
|Born||Atlantic City, NJ||28 February 1925|
|Died||5 February 2017|
|06 June 2021 22:00:34||timothymotz||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations|
Timothy Motz, from 447bg.com and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176097321/joseph-a-maldjian