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)

 
   
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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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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
The plan of the Pacific subseries was determined by the geography, strategy, and the military organization of a theater largely oceanic. Two independent, coordinate commands, one in the Southwest Pacific under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and the other in the Central, South, and North Pacific (Pacific Ocean Areas) under Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, were created early in the war. Except in the South and Southwest Pacific, each conducted its own operations with its own ground, air, and naval forces in widely separated areas. These operations required at first only a relatively small number of troops whose efforts often yielded strategic gains which cannot be measured by the size of the forces involved. Indeed, the nature of the objectivesùsmall islands, coral atolls, and jungle-bound harbors and airstrips, made the employment of large ground forces impossible and highlighted the importance of air and naval operations. Thus, until 1945, the war in the Pacific progressed by a double series of amphibious operations each of which fitted into a strategic pattern developed in Washington.

21 Named Campaigns were recognized in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with Battle Streamers and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals.  
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Last Updated:
Feb 24, 2016
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  399 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, James Elmer, SSgt, (1940-1949)
  • Bock, Frederick, C., Maj, (1941-1945)
  • Bradford, Archie, Capt, (1940-1946)
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