2d Lt Joseph Evans Gordon
May 5, 1923 – August 12, 1944
Graduation Date: February 8, 1944
Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant
Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron
Service # O-821912
Very little has been recorded about 2nd Lt. Joseph E. Gordon’s military career.
His father, Ernest Gordon, was born in 1886 in the British West Indies. He married Josephine Redman in 1922.
Joseph was born in Montreal, Canada, his family later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. Gordon graduated from flight training on Feb. 8, 1944, at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. He soon deployed to Italy with the 99th Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group.
On Aug. 12, after escorting bombers to Toulon, France, to destroy radar stations, fighters from the 332nd Fighter Group began to draw ground fire.
P-51 Mustangs flown by Gordon and 1st Lt. Langdon E. Johnson were hit by anti-aircraft fire; both pilots were killed.
Gordon is buried at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France. According to a government database, he was awarded a Purple Heart.