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
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 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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  1939-1941, AAF MOS 747, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)

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United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) was the military aviation arm of the United States of America between 1926 and 1941. The statutory administrative forerunner of the United States Air Force, it was renamed from the earlier United States Army Air Service on 2 July 1926 and part of the larger United States Army. The Air Corps was the immediate predecessor of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), established on 20 June 1941. Although discontinued as an administrative echelon during World War II, the Air Corps (AC) remained as one of the combat arms of the Army until 1947, when it was legally abolished by legislation establishing the Department of the Air Force. The Air Corps was renamed by the United States Congress largely as a compromise between the advocates of a separate air arm and those of the traditionalist Army high command who viewed the aviation arm as an auxiliary branch to support the ground forces. Although its members worked to promote the concept of air power and an autonomous air force between the years between the world wars, its primary purpose by Army policy remained support of ground forces rather than independent operations. On 1 March 1935, still struggling with the issue of a separate air arm, the Army activated the General Headquarters Air Force for centralized control of aviation combat units within the continental United States, separate from but coordinate with the Air Corps. The separation of the Air Corps from control of its combat units caused problems of unity of command that became more acute as the Air Corps enlarged in preparation for World War II. This was resolved by the creation of the Army Air Forces (AAF), making both organizations subordinate to the new higher echelon. The Air Corps ceased to have an administrative structure after 9 March 1942, but as "the permanent statutory organization of the air arm, and the principal component of the Army Air Forces," the overwhelming majority of personnel assigned to the AAF were members of the Air Corps.
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Yochim, Frederick A., Lt Col, (1939-1964) M94 M 0941 [Other Service Rank]
Andrews, Frank Maxwell, Lt Gen, (1902-1943) 200 2 Major General
Monteith, Dwight O., Maj Gen, (1936-1971) M77 AAF MOS 770 Colonel
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Hoblit, Noel Elmer, Col, (1940-1952) 932 M 3100 Lieutenant Colonel
Perrin, Elmer Daniel, Lt Col, (1917-1941) M77 AAF MOS 770 Lieutenant Colonel
Smith, Frederic Harrison, Gen, (1929-1962) M10 M 1065 Lieutenant Colonel
Cannon, Howard Walter, Maj Gen, (1940-1970) M77 AAF MOS 770 Major
Moody, George Putnam, Maj, (1929-1941) M77 AAF MOS 770 Major
Patterson, Steele Roy, Lt Col, (1934-1944) M77 AAF MOS 770 Major
Shockley, William E, Maj, (1940-1968) M77 AAF MOS 770 Major
Wilson, Russell Alger, Brig Gen, (1924-1944) M77 AAF MOS 770 Major
Eareckson, William Olmstead, Col, (1918-1954) M77 AAF MOS 770 Captain
Meng, William Jones, Brig Gen, (1939-1967) M10 M 1091 Captain
Patterson, Steele Roy, Lt Col, (1934-1944) M77 AAF MOS 770 Captain
Strong, Robert William, Maj Gen, (1936-1970) M10 M 1024 Captain
Wilson, Thomas Norville, Maj Gen, (1938-1969) M10 M 1024 Captain
Craig, Bruce Kilpatrick, 1st Lt, (1935-1941) M77 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Greening, Charles Ross, Col, (1936-1957) M77 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Hilger, John Allen, Brig Gen, (1932-1966) M77 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Jones, David Mudgett, Maj Gen, (1930-1973) M77 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Parcell, Bruce Fraley, Lt Col, (1939-1944) M77 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Baumler, Albert John, Maj, (1932-1965) M10 M 1055 Second Lieutenant
Dow, James Frederick, 2nd Lt, (1939-1940) M77 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Emmens, Robert Gabel, Col, (1937-1964) M77 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Patterson, Steele Roy, Lt Col, (1934-1944) M77 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Righetti, Elwyn Guido, Col, (1939-1945) M77 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
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Turner, Sullivan Preston, 2nd Lt M77 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Strand, Norman, FltOff, (1941-1945) 11 11BXX Flight Officer
Horton, Edwin Weston, MSgt, (1935-1958) M61 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Jones, Francis E., CWO4, (1940-1968) M51 AAF MOS 514 Staff Sergeant
Nackerud, Alf R., MSgt, (1916-1944) M08 AAF MOS 008 Sergeant
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Stauff, Clifford, SSgt, (1941-1945) M93 M 0931 Corporal
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Garrison, Eskelle Victor, Lt Col, (1940-1963) [Other Service Rank]
Grismore, George Willard, Capt, (1938-1945) [Other Service Rank]
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