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Joseph A Birdwell


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.



  • Billy Lawrence

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 258. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3306 'Phoenix'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-L] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Vitry-En-Artois 15/8/43 with Bill Lawrence (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Middledorf, Navigator: Joe Birdwell, Bombardier: Francis Harkins...


  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...


Event Location Date
Born Washington, USA 10 March 1916

Son of William Elbert and Myrtle Margaret [Dorricott] Birdwell.

Enlisted Baltimore, MD, USA 6 September 1941
Lived in Virginia, USA 1942
Based Framlingham 1943 – 15 August 1943

Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded 59670 Bavinchove, France 15 August 1943

Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded. MACR 258.

Evaded (EVD) France 15 August 1943 – 20 August 1943

Evaded (EVD).

Buried San Antonio, TX, USA June 1985

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

Died Bexar County, TX, USA 2 June 1985


Date Contributor Update
03 May 2017 09:52:43 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Air Forces Escape & Evasion Society By Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:03 AAM AAM ingest

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