Birch, William Lloyd, 2nd Lt

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

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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)

 
   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1338
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/birch.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=41659551
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/photos/mediagallery.asp?galleryID=531&?id=-1&page=9&count=48
http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2011/07/28/doolittle-raid-25-b-25-mitchell-hoped-for-70th-anniversary/
http://home.ancestry.com
 
   
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  1943-1945, M 1092, USAAF Flying Training Command

Second Lieutenant
From Month/Year
June / 1943
To Month/Year
December / 1945
Unit
USAAF Flying Training Command Unit Page
Rank
Second Lieutenant
MOS
M 1092-Pilot, B-24
Location
Not Specified
Country/State
United States
   
 Patch
 USAAF Flying Training Command Details

USAAF Flying Training Command
Type
Garrison - Training Command
Existing/Disbanded
Redesignated
Parent Unit
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Strength
Formal School
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2013
   
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
During this time he completed B-24 Liberator training and served as a B-24 instructor pilot in the US until he left active duty Dec 7, 1945.

   
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90 Members Also There at Same Time
USAAF Flying Training Command

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Andrews, Stanley Overton, Lt Col, (1941-1963) M10 M 1056 Captain
Davis, Clayton Eugene, Lt Col, (1942-1970) M10 M 1055 Captain
McElroy, Edgar Earl, Lt Col, (1940-1962) M10 M 1091 Captain
Varnell, James Sullins, Capt, (1942-1945) M10 M 1055 Captain
Bostrom, Ernest Olof, Capt, (1942-1945) M10 M 1055 First Lieutenant
Carlton, Paul Kendall, Gen, (1941-1977) M10 M 1091 First Lieutenant
Dahlberg, Kenneth Harry, Maj, (1941-1951) M10 M 1055 First Lieutenant
Dahlberg, Kenneth Harry, Maj, (1941-1951) M10 M 1055 First Lieutenant
Lazear, Earl Ray, Capt, (1941-1945) M10 M 1056 First Lieutenant
Arnold, Harvie J., 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Bolefahr, Wayne Norbury, Capt, (1938-1944) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Champlin, Fredric Fay, Lt Col, (1940-1974) M10 M 1056 Second Lieutenant
Chandler, Van Edgar, Col, (1943-1974) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Davis, Clayton Eugene, Lt Col, (1942-1970) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
DeHaven, Robert Marshall, Col, (1942-1965) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Emerson, Donald Roswell, Capt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Estill, Shannon Eugene, 1st Lt, (1942-1945) M10 M 1056 Second Lieutenant
Fisher, Edwin Oratio, Capt, (1936-1947) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Harriman, Robert Winfred, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1091 Second Lieutenant
Kirla, John Anthony, Maj, (1942-1947) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Lowry, Otis Forest, 1st Lt, (1942-1945) M10 M 1024 Second Lieutenant
Procopio, Bruno Salvatore, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1034 Second Lieutenant
Rigby, Alden Peter, Maj, (1943-1979) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Rigby, Alden Peter, Maj, (1943-1979) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Rosenthal, Robert, Lt Col, (1941-1945) M10 M 1091 Second Lieutenant
Rowe, Claude Linwell, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1054 Second Lieutenant
Strait, Donald Jackson, Maj Gen, (1940-1976) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Walker, Quitman Charles, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Goodner, Howard Glenn, TSgt, (1943-1945) M75 M 0757 [Other Service Rank]
Pattillo, Cuthbert Augustus, Maj Gen, (1942-1980) M62 M 0629 [Other Service Rank]
Peterson, Robert E., SSgt, (1942-1945) M61 M 0611 [Other Service Rank]
Swain, Lawrence Harvey, TSgt, (1943-1944) M75 M 0755 [Other Service Rank]
Posten, John Herbert, Lt Col, (1940-1962) M77 M 0770 Major
Champlin, Fredric Fay, Lt Col, (1940-1974) M27 M 0273 Captain
Dent, Elliott Estill, Capt, (1942-1953) M25 M 2554 Captain
Baldwin, Robert Percy, Col, (1939-1966) M27 M 0273 First Lieutenant
Cole, Charles Harold, Lt Col, (1938-1966) M27 M 0273 First Lieutenant
Fernandez, Manuel John, Maj, (1943-1963) M77 M 0770 First Lieutenant
Parr, Ralph Sherman, Col, (1942-1976) M77 M 0770 First Lieutenant
Aderholt, Harry Clay, Brig Gen, (1942-1976) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Blosch, Albert Paul, Lt Col, (1942-1971) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Cravey, John Thomas, Lt Col, (1942-1966) M77 M 0770 Second Lieutenant
Cullerton, William John, Capt, (1942-1945) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Davidson, Roy Grady, 1st Lt, (1942-1945) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Duffy, James Edward, Maj, (1940-1955) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Feuerriegel, Karl Theodore, Col, (1942-1974) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Harris, Billie Dowe, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Horne, Francis Willard, Lt Col, (1942-1971) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Lopez, Donald Sewell, Lt Col, (1942-1964) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Morrill, Stanley Bixby, 1st Lt, (1941-1944) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Schreiber, Leroy Adolph, Maj, (1940-1944) M27 M 0273 Second Lieutenant
Keirn, Richard Paul, Col, (1942-1976) M27 M 0273 Flight Officer
Robinson, William Perry, Lt Col, (1942-1973) M25 M 2554 Flight Officer
Miller, John Harvey, Lt Col, (1942-1975) M77 M 0770 Staff Sergeant
Cochran, Jacqueline, Col, (1942-1970) [Other Service Rank]
Cochran, Jacqueline, Col, (1942-1970) [Other Service Rank]
Dixon, Jacob Wiley, Col, (1941-1970) [Other Service Rank]
Blanchard, William Hugh, Gen, (1938-1966) Colonel

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