Birch, William Lloyd, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, M 1092, USAAF Flying Training Command
Service Years
1939 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Birch, William Lloyd, 2nd Lt.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Galexico, California
Last Address
Temecula, California

Date of Passing
Nov 18, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the bombardier on crew #11 in the Doolittle Raid.
He was cremated but the location of his ashes is unknown.

His DFC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Sergeant William L. Birch (ASN: 6561172), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Sergeant Birch with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Sergeant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew #11 (aircraft # 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er", target Yokohama), 34th Bomb Sq. (except 1)) L-R: Lt Frank A. Kappeler, navigator; Capt C. Ross Greening (89th Recon Sq), pilot; Sgt Melvin J. Gardner, flight engineer/gunner; Lt Kenneth E. Reddy, co-pilot; SSgt William L. Birch, bombardier. (USAF photo)

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  1941-1942, M 0509, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium

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34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
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Last Updated: Jun 4, 2014
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Other Memories
During this time he was selected for the Doolittle Mission in February 1942. He was the bombardier on the 11th B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) on April 18, 1942, and after bombing targets around Tokyo, the crew flew to China and bailed out when their aircraft ran out of fuel.

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23 Members Also There at Same Time
34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium

Braemer, Fred Anthony, Capt, (1935-1966) M50 M 0509 Staff Sergeant
Bissell, Wayne Max, 1st Lt, (1939-1945) M50 M 0509 Sergeant
DeShazer, Jacob Daniel, SSgt, (1940-1945) M50 M 0509 Corporal
Cunningham, Joseph A., Maj Gen, (1938-1972) M10 M 1024 Colonel
Barr, George, Capt, (1941-1947) M10 M 1034 First Lieutenant
Farrow, William Glover, 1st Lt, (1940-1942) M10 M 1081 First Lieutenant
Gray, Robert Manning, Capt, (1940-1942) M10 M 1081 First Lieutenant
Griffin, Thomas Carson, Maj, (1939-1959) M10 M 1034 First Lieutenant
Potter, Henry Alpheous, Col, (1940-1970) M10 M 1034 First Lieutenant
Hite, Robert Lowell, Lt Col, (1940-1969) M10 M 1081 Second Lieutenant
Parker, James Monroe, Maj, (1940-1974) M10 M 1081 Second Lieutenant
Reddy, Kenneth Eugene, 1st Lt, (1940-1942) M10 M 1081 Second Lieutenant
Sessler, Howard Albert, Maj, (1940-1945) M10 M 1036 Second Lieutenant
Smith, Donald Gregory, Capt, (1940-1942) M10 M 1081 Second Lieutenant
Watson, Harold Francis, Lt Col, (1940-1961) M10 M 1051 Second Lieutenant
Macklin, Ronald, MSgt, (1941-1945) M08 M 0008 Master Sergeant
Scott, Eldred Von, Lt Col, (1924-1959) M73 M 0737 Technical Sergeant
Leonard, Paul John, MSgt, (1931-1943) M61 M 0611 Staff Sergeant
Gardner, Melvin J., SSgt, (1939-1942) M73 M 0737 Sergeant
Spatz, Harold A., Sgt, (1939-1942) M73 M 0737 Sergeant
Saylor, Edward Joseph, Lt Col, (1939-1967) M73 M 0737 Corporal
Herndon, Nolan Anderson, Maj, (1940-1945) First Lieutenant
Cole, Richard Eugene, Lt Col, (1940-1966) First Lieutenant

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