John R. Birch

Recent Address: N81 W13139 Country Terrace Lane, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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Family Info: Parents: Frank and Marion; Wife: Delores; Children: John, David, Barbara, Mark, Kathleen, Pamela, Susan, Cindy, Maribeth, Sandra, and Jennifer
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Date Entered Service: December, 1942
Service Number: O-766403
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron: 676th
Location of Unit: Tinian (June-October, 1945)
Missions Flown: 2 training missions (not credited); 8 combat missions (1 aborted); 1 mercy mission (ditched)
Hump Missions:
Targets: Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Osaka Nava Base (aborted), Tsu, Hachiogi, Toyokawa, Hikari, Sapporo (mercy mission)
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citations (2), Theater Ribbons
Service Schools: Ranking Field-Tulare, CA Aug-Sep 1943; Merced Army Air Field-Merced, CA Oct-Nov 1943; Williams Army Air Field-Chandler, AZ Dec 1943-Feb 1944
MOS: MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB, MOS 1055-Pilot, Single Engine (Instructor)
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24873 Snuffy, 42-24720 Fu-Kemal-Tu
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October, 1945 (I think)
Date Discharged: January 16, 1946
Post WWII Service: Promoted to Captain in Air Force Reserve. Ended service in reserve about Nov 1958.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Architect, Civil Engineer
Thoughts About the 58th: The most meaningful months of my life.
Comments: Co-pilot of plane ditched off of Iwo Jima on mercy mission. Entire crew survived. Promoted to Airplane Commander after end of hostilities. Transferred to 509th Bomb Group before returning to U.S.
'The War Years' an excerpt from 'Reminiscing: The Life of John Birch' is available in 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Collection.
Mr. Birch passed away September 13th 2013 and is buried at the Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI.

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