Joseph A Birdwell

Military

Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). MACR 258.



Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18026239 / O-733667
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 390th Bomb Group crashes near Dunkirk whilst flying with a mission with B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5914), 15 August 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '385BG.' Printed caption on reverse: '25620 USAF - Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" going down over area south of Dunkirk, occupied France. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Phoenix
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Washington, USA 10 March 1916 Son of William Elbert and Myrtle Margaret [Dorricott] Birdwell.

Enlisted

Baltimore, MD, USA 6 September 1941

Other

Evaded

59670 Bavinchove, France 15 August 1943 Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded. MACR 258.

Other

Evaded (EVD)

France 15 August 1943 - 20 August 1943 Evaded (EVD).

Died

Bexar County, TX, USA 2 June 1985
Virginia, USA

Based

Framlingham 15 August 1943 Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried/ Commemorated

San Antonio, TX, USA Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery San Antonio Bexar County Texas, USA

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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 258 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database