STEAKIN, ANDREW, Sergeant, # 32608939, USAAF

 

Andrew Steakin was born in 1923 in Passaic, Passaic Co., New Jersey to John J. Steakin (1898-1967) (NJ) and Cornelia Catherine (Scheffer) Steakin (1902-1991) (NJ). Siblings included John J. Steakin Jr. (1921-2000) and Martin Steakin (1924-1983).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 21 January 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the B-25 Mitchell (crew chief/engineer). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 April 1944, B-25H, # 43-4209, assigned to the 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was one of two which crashed from a flight which departed Yangkai, China, on a combat mission to Samah Bay. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John J. Steakin Jr., born 4 November 1921, served in the U.S. Navy, MoMM2C, # 6474082, from 21 May 1942 to 4 November 1942. He died 27 March 2000 and is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Orange Co., Florida. His mother. Cornelia C. Steakin is buried there.

 

His brother, Martin Steakin, born 5 May 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 15 June 1943. He died 1 February 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

CLEM, FRED WILLIAM, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 39037123, USAAF

 

Fred W. Clem Jr. was born on 27 July 1923 in West Frankfort, Illinois, to Fred W. Clem (1902-1973) (IL) and Albert C. Mann nee Gray nee Clem (1904-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 676 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA, employed by the U.S. Post Office, and described himself as 6’1”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a tattoo on his right forearm. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 15 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 April 1944, B-25H, # 43-4209, assigned to the 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was one of two which crashed from a flight which departed Yangkai, China, on a combat mission to Samah Bay. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His father, born 14 April 1902, served in the U.S. Army, Private, in WWII from 1 September 1942.

He died 7 March 1973 and is buried in the Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, San Mateo Co., California.