JOSEPH F. STEFFAN is memorialized on the World War II War memorial in Clementon NJ, under the name Joseph Steffen.
Borni in Pennsylvania in 1922, Joseph Steffen was a student with one year of college completed, when he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a private on December 2, 1942, with the understanding that he would be sent to the Air Corps when activated.
Trained as a B-24 bomber pilot and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, on November 12, 1944 Joseph Steffan reported to the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Station 146, Seething, Norfolk, UK, with his crew, which included Second Lieutenant Henry Y. Edgerton Co-Pilot 02061656; Second Lieutenant Gerald J. Gottlieb Navigator 02068377; S/Sgt Edward C. Murphy Jr 35370754, Cpl Harold Resnikoff 18231599, Cpl Davis E. Denning 34870892, Cpl James H. Gilmore Jr 14185681, Cpl Donald A. Payne 23178062, and Cpl William Wright Jr 328?8722.
Joseph Steffen appears to have flown enough missions to qualify for the Air Medal with at least one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was killed while flying with the 714th Bomber Squadron on March 25, 1945 along with his entire crew less Second Lieutenant Gottlieb on March 25, 1945. Gerald Gottlieb was taken prisoner by the Germans and freed at war's end.
Joseph Steffan was the son of Joseph and Jennie Steffan. Joseph Steffan had emigrated from Hungary. Joseph Steffan Sr. was a machinist in one of the many shipyards in the area, by 1920 he had married and was living at 119 White Horse Pike in Audubon NJ with his daughters Margaret and Erma, and son John. His first wife had passed away by the time of the January 1920 census. Joseph Sr. remarried shortly thereafter, and Joseph Jr. was born shortly thereafter. At the time of the 1930 census, he was seven years old, and the family owned a home at 1101 New Freedom Road in Clementon NJ.
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