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Edward Julius Timberlake Jr


From FindAGrave:
Ted Timberlake was "the first commander of the 93rd Bomb Group...That was the unit, later nicknamed "Ted's Flying Circus" and "Ted's Travelling Circus," that he led in the dangerous and unique Ploesti mission that was the only single combat action in history in which five Medals of Honor were earned."

"In December 1944, he assumed command of the 20th Combat Bomb Wing in the European theater. In May 1945, General Timberlake was assigned to Headquarters Army Air Force and two months later was transferred to Bolling Field, D.C., as assistant chief of staff for personnel of the Continental Air Forces, and then was appointed chief of the Operations Division, Deputy Chief of Staff/Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force."

"Later he was commander of the 315th Air Division of the Fifth Air Force, with station at Itazuke, Japan. He became chief of staff of Fifth Air Force in June 1949, and the following December was named its vice commander. In May 1951, he moved with the Fifth Air Force to Korea, as vice commander and later became its commander. He was commander of the Ninth Air Force for six years starting in August 1951."

Medals: SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Cuban Order of Military Merit


Units served with

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...


Event Location Date
Born Fort Hunt, Virginia 10 November 1909
Commissioned West Point, NY, USA 11 June 1931
Lived in Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
Buried Six Oaks Cemetery, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2017 15:09:26 bombercommand Changes to events


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 11:06:39 Lucy May Changes to nickname, biography and events

FindAGrave page for General Edward Julius Timberlake Jr:

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 10:46:12 Lucy May Changes to service number, awards, events and unit associations

Combined two entries for Edward J Timberlake in the database of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
This entry now includes information from the following source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45