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Edward Julius Timberlake Jr

Military

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

Service

People

  • Philip Ardery

    Military | Major General | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Silver Star/ 2 DFCs/ 4 Air Medals/ Croix de Guerre Was command pilot on 1 Aug '43 raid on Ploesti ...

  • Milton Arnold

    Military | Brigadier General | Wing Commander | 389th Bomb Group
    Overseas 1942 to establish ATC Atlantic Ferry Route as staff meteorologist; assisted in planning secret route for Allied Chiefs' Casablanca Conference, January 1943. Commander of the 389th Bomb Group. SS/ DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Brooks

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Led 17 B-24s on the low level attack at Ploesti whilst with the 389th Bomb Group. ...

  • Jack Dieterle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, his squadron, the 566ᵀᴴ BS of the 389ᵀᴴ BG, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. In subsequent action, his ship was the sole survivor of his element of three...

  • James Stewart

    Military | Brigadier General | Aircraft Commander; Operations Officer; Chief of Staff | 445th Bomb Group
    Hollywood screen actor James Stewart interrupted his successful film career to join the Air Corps in 1941. Aware of publicity value for the war effort, the US authorities tried to stifle Stewart's desire to fly combat missions and assigned him to a...

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Units served with

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 02:19:15 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Philip Ardery, Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky: 1978) 112-113.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 00:09:16 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 00:06:07 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Philip Ardery, Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky: 1978) 179.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 23:00:04 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle: identity of Ted Timberlake with Edward J. Timberlake.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 22:28:27 Dieterle Changes to unit associations and media associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle: identity of Ted Timberlake with Edward J. Timberlake.

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

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE 1942-1945, Russell Strong

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

FindAGrave page for General Edward Julius Timberlake Jr: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=41286492

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

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
Sources

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

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