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William L. Birch Papers

Identifier: D007-17

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs collected by William Birch. Items include the Official Government photographs (with captions) of The Doolittle Raid, and two poster/collages of scans of photographs.


  • 1942 - 2000

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

William Lloyd Birch was born September 7th, 1917 in Calexico, California. He graduated from Kern County Union High School and entered the Army Air Forces in 1939, at March Field, California. Birch attended Bombsight Maintenance School at Lowry Field, Colorado prior to the Doolittle Raid. Birch was the bombardier with crew number 11, the 11th plane to take off for the Raid. After bombing its targets, and shooting at some patrol boats in Tokyo Bay, crew 11 bailed out of their bomber 200 miles inland over China. They were recovered by friendly forces. Birch attended pilot training school after the raid at Lubbock Field, Texas. He was posted to several stateside assignments and was separated from the service in 1945.

Birch’s decorations included Distinguished Flying Cross, and Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st class. Birch passed away in Temecula, California on November 18th, 2006.


Glines, C.V. 1964. "Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders." Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
"Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association Records," Cole, Richard, Folder 13, Box 23, Series II, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


1.8 Linear Feet (One non-standard box (22.5x15.5x2.0).)


The William L. Birch Papers contain photographs of the Doolittle Raid.

Series Description

The William L. Birch Papers are organized into one series of material.

Series I: William L. Birch Photographs 1.8 linear ft. (one non-standard box), 1942-2000.

Arranged chronologically.

Provenance Statement

The William L. Birch Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by William L. Birch.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections:

Doolittle Archives

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 2WLB-1-1-PC1

2 = Doolittle Archives

WLB = William L. Birch Papers

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.
Guide to the William L. Birch Papers, 1917-2006
Thomas J. Allen
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-06-12.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-06-12: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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