Capt. Frank Emerson Birtciel


(F. Birtciel)

Capt. Frank Emerson Birtciel

343rd FS - August 1943 - April 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CY-D 42-67872 (F. Birtciel)
P-51D CY-D 44-14561 "Miss Velma" (F. Birtciel)
P-51D CY-A 44-13350 "Miss Velma" (D. Morris)

Mission History

121 missions, over 2 tours

Mission List
Mission Number Hours Flown Date Target
1 1:50 19 October 1943 Sweep-Ameins Area
2 3:15 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen
3 1:45 07 November 1943 Sweep-Ostend-St Omer
4 2:10 11 November 1943 Munster
5 3:55 13 November 1943 Bremen
6 2:55 29 November 1943 Bremen
7 3:50 05 December 1943 Bourdeaux
8 3:50 20 December 1943 Bremen
9 3:40 22 December 1943 Osnabruck
10 3:25 24 December 1943 Pas De Calais
11 4:40 30 December 1943 Ludwigshaven
12 2:10 31 December 1943 Bourdeaux
13 4:25 04 January 1944 Kiel

14

4:00 07 January 1944 Lugwihshaven
15 2:10 11 January 1944 Celle
16 4:30 14 January 1944 St. Poi
Nb. Ear drum ruptured on 14th
17 3:35 20 February 1944 Bernberg
18 2:10 21 February 1944 Werl
19 4:10 22 February 1944 Schweinfurt
20 5:30 25 February 1944 Augsburg (Careful White 2)
21 3:50 02 March 1944 Sweep-Tours-Angers
22 3:10 03 March 1944 Berlin
23 4:50 15 March 1944 Brunswick
24 4:55 16 March 1944 Friedrichshafen
25 5:05 22 March 1944 Berlin
26 4:10 23 March 1944 Brunswick
27 4:00 24 March 1944 Metz
28 5:15 27 March 1944 Bourdeaux
29 4:25 09 April 1944 Warnemunde
30 3:40 10 April 1944 St. Dizier
10 April - First Droopsnoot
31 4:05 11 April 1944 Sorau-Cottbus
32 4:55 13 April 1944 Augsburg
33 4:10 15 April 1944 Jackpot
34 4:45 18 April 1944 Osnabruck
35 2:05 23 April 1944 Laon-Athies
36 5:00 24 April 1944 Friedrichshaven
37 4:00 25 April 1944 Laon-Athies
38 4:40 26 April 1944 Tours
39 3:25 27 April 1944 Roye-Amy
40 2:20 01 May 1944 Brussels (type 16)
41 3:00 07 May 1944 Berlin
42 4:40 08 May 1944 Berlin
43 4:10 11 May 1944 Epinal
44 5:00 19 May 1944 Berlin
45 2:40 20 May 1944 Type 16
46 4:30 21 May 1944 Chattanooga No. 1
47 4:25 22 May 1944 Kiel
48 2:25 23 May 1944 Misc. Targets in France
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
Score Detail 25 February 1945  (.5)Me-262 destroyed (air) SE Geibelstadt
22 March 1945
  Me-262 damaged (air) Schwabisch-Hall
09 April 1945  (2)He-111 destroyed (ground) Munich-Brunnthal Landing Ground (MBLG)
09 April 1945  (2)Ju-88 destroyed (ground) MBLG
09 April 1945  Me-109 destroyed (ground) MBLG
09 April 1945  Ju-88 damaged (ground) MBLG
Notes Born on 07 July 1923
Home of Record - Sylvia, KS
ASN (Enlisted) - 17028562
Enlisted in FT Riley, Kansas, on 07th January 1942
ASN - O-746027
August 1943 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
January 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
April 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
May 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
September 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
November 1944 - Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
December 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
February 1945 - Awarded 6th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
03 April 1945 - Engine seized and bailed out over Belgium in friendly territory.  Back to unit in 3 days.
April 1945 - Awarded 8th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
April 1945 - Ended Tour of Duty
April 1945 - Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot

Ground Crew - Crew chief  - S/Sgt. Bernard Fow &  Sgt. John T. Grodoski.  Sgt. Grodoski became Capt. Birtciel's new crew chief on his second tour, after Bernard Fow left to crew a 3rd Scouting Force P-51.

21 October 2015 - Passed away in Scottsdale, AZ

Awards
Memories Frank's Obituary
'Frank Emerson Birtciel passed away at the age of 92 on October 21, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born July 7, 1923 to Beulah and John Birtciel near Drumright, Oklahoma. He and his wife Velma had three children, Greg (Sharon), Bruce (Kathleen) and Marie. He had three grandchildren (Tina, Jennifer and Devin) and 5 great grandchildren (Casey, Cody, Ethan, Paige and Liam). He was a veteran of WWII and retired from the Air Force in 1969, moving to Scottsdale. He was active in the Retired Officers association and the Scottsdale Gem and Mineral Club.'
   

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