Capt. Joe Kane was born in Brooklyn. He attended St. John's University on a track and field scholarship until World War II when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On Oct. 14, 1943, at age 23, Joe commanded a squadron of 12 B-17s of the 305th Bombardment Group in the second raid by the Eighth Air Force against the ball-bearing factories in Schweinfurt, Germany. Of the approximately 2,900 crewmen of the Eighth Air Force who participated in the raid, approximately 650 were killed or captured. Ten of the airplanes in Joe's squadron were shot down that day, known as "Black Thursday."
Joe flew 25 missions during the war and later flew in the Berlin Airlift. For his bravery during the Schweinfurt, mission, he was awarded the Silver Star. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and left the military with the rank of Captain.
Capt. Joe Kane was a Seaboard pilot for 30 years. He is survived by son James Kane and his wife, Robin; daughter, Patricia Fisher, and her husband Robert; son, Joseph Kane; grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ethel Kane; two brothers, James and Donald Kane; and a sister, Gemma Kane. He is also survived by his second wife, Julie Johns Kane, from whom he had been separated for many years.