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Frank Emerson Birtciel

Military

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 121 x missions over 2 x tours. Credited 1 x shared and 1 x damaged [Air], 5 x destroyed and 1 x damaged [Ground]. Bailed out safely near Bruges from P-51D 44-15701 3-Apr-45 returned to duty (RTD). Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot Apr-45.

Awards: DFC, AM (8 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF until 1969, serving in Korea and Vietnam and rising to the rank of Lt Colonel.

Service

People

  • Bernard Fow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 3rd Scouting Force
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Worked on P-38's and P-51's. Crew chief for Capt Frank E Birtciel on his 1st tour. Later became crew chief on 3rd Scouting Force P-51. ...

  • John Grodoski

    Military | Sergeant | Crew chief | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief to Capt Frank E Birtciel.

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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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron
  • 70th Replacement Depot

Aircraft

  • 44-14561 Miss Velma

    P-51 Mustang
    First aircraft of this name

  • 44-13350 'Miss Velma' 'Merrimack'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Frank E Birtciel. Re-assigned to Lt Raymond G Allen.

  • 44-15701 'Lillian' 'Delivery Boy' 'The Millie G'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt George G Contos. Re-assigned to Lt John D Stearns. Transferred to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Edward B Giller. Engine seized, A/C abandoned near Bruges, pilot Frank E...

  • 42-67872

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Frank E Birtciel.

Associated Place

  • Stone (Jefferson Hall)

    Military site : non-airfield
    Seven camps named after British Admirals: Beatty - AAF 518, Duncan -AAF 509, Howard, Jefferson - AAF 594, Nelson, Drake, Frobisher and Raleigh, were constructed to accommodate workers moved from the Woolwich Arsenal, London to Swynerton ROF (Royal...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Drumright, OK 74030, USA 7 July 1923

Son of John and Beulah Birtciel.

Lived in Sylvia, KS 67581, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Riley, KS, USA 7 January 1942

Fort Riley
Kansas
USA

Based Wormingford August 1943 – April 1945

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK January 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK December 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Transferred Stone ST15, UK April 1945

Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot.

Baled out Bruges, Belgium 3 April 1945

Baled out safely near Bruges from P-51D 44-15701 3-Apr-45 returned to duty (RTD).

Buried Phoenix, AZ, USA October 2015

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona
USA

Died Phoenix, AZ, USA 21 October 2015

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 17:10:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Birtciel
https://www.fold3.com/page/84570804_frank_e%20birtciel/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=154415089

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 15:23:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Birtciel
https://www.fold3.com/page/84570804_frank_e%20birtciel/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=154415089

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 14:24:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Birtciel
https://www.fold3.com/page/84570804_frank_e%20birtciel/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=154415089

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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