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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 1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
From Year
1941
To Year
1942
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Model North American B-25C Mitchell
Length 52.92 ft | 16.13 m
Width 67.55 ft | 20.59 m
Height 15.75 ft | 4.80 m
Engine(s) 2 x Wright Cyclone R-2600-19 air-cooled piston engines delivering 1,700hp each.
Empty Weight 20,300 lbs | 9,208 kg
MTOW 34,000 lbs | 15,422 kg
Max Speed 272 mph | 438 km/h | 237 kts
Max Range 1,350 miles | 2,173 km
Ceiling 24,196 ft | 7,375 m | 4.6 miles
Climb Rate 1,666 ft/min (507.796 m/min)
Hardpoints Up to 8 (model dependent)
Armament Model-specific armament included:

8 x 12.7mm machine gun array OR 1 x 75mm cannon in forward-fixed nose assembly.

2 x 12.7mm machine guns in forward-fixed lower-left side fuselage position (beneath and behind cockpit position).
2 x 12.7mm machine gun in forward-fixed lower-right side fuselage position (beneath and behind cockpit position).
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in ventral turret (powered turrets in some models).
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in dorsal turret (powered turrets in some models).
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in left waist port position.
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in right waist port position.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in tail gun position (some models removed).
1 x Torpedo in under-fuselage arrangement (model-specific fitting).
8 x 250lb bombs on 8 external hardpoints (model-specific fitting).

Maximum internal bombload of 3,000lbs (1,361 kg).
Accommodations 5
Operators the United States of America

   
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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014
   
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Hari Kari-er

  140 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Crowder, Joseph Louis, MSgt, (1940-1945)
  • Doiron, Walter, MSgt, (1940-1960)
  • Gardner, Leroy O. (Okie), CMSgt, (1941-1965)
  • Hite, Robert Lowell, Lt Col, (1940-1969)
  • Jordon, James
  • Leinweber, Gerald, Maj, (1941-1953)
  • Lodawer, Isidore, 1st Lt, (1936-1946)
  • Love, Hannah (Nancy), Lt Col, (1942-1952)
  • Nolan, Daniel J., 1st Lt, (1941-1945)
  • Palmer, Norman, Maj, (1942-1962)
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