New England Air Museum
Joseph J. Biersteker


Joseph Biersteker, 1943

Recent Address:  

5 Pecan Grove Court, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

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Family Information:  

Parents: Anna and Peter; Wife: Betty; Children: Ann, Tom

Hometown:  

Little Chute, WI

Date Entered Service:  

August 14, 1942

Service Number:  

0696047

Bomb Group:  

40th

Squadron:  

25th

Location of Unit:  

India (September, 1944)

Missions Flown:  

36

Hump Missions Flown:  

6

Targets:  

Singapore, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Omura, Saigon, Taiwan

Awards/Decorations:  

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, American Theater Service Medal

Service Schools Attended:  

Navigation Aug 1943; Bombardier Jan 1944

Military Specialty(ies):  

MOS 1036-Navigator-Bombardier

Rank Upon Discharge:  

1st Lt.

Crew Type:  

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:  

42-63407 Shoot You're Faded, 42-63420 Rankless Wreck

Were you a POW?  

No

Were you interned?  

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:  

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:  

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

Air Force Reserve, Active Reserve 1954 to 1969, retired in 1980

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Paper Tester, High School Teacher, College Professor

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

An unforgettable experience. Established friendships that have lasted a lifetime. It gave me an opportunity to gain a college education including advanced degrees. It had a profound change in my life.

Comments:

 

 


Joe Biersteker, 1944. He made the shorts himself!

 


Jodeph Biersteker, 2002

 


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