Steve Birdsall

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Steve Birdsall (born 1944)[1] of Sydney, Australia, is an aviation writer who has authored many articles and books since the 1960s. He has been published by Air Classics, Flying Review International, Airpower Historian, and the American Aviation Historical Society Journal. His wife is Sandra Birdsall.

Birdsall toured briefly in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, as a correspondent for an Australian magazine. He flew several airborne missions including one in the A-1 Skyraider, about which he later wrote an illustrated history.[2]

It was Birdsall who tracked down and confirmed the existence of 91st Bomb Group combat veteran B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby in the late 1960s, sitting dormant at Creil Air Base, Creil, France.[3][4]

He should not be confused with American travel writer Stephen S. Birdsall.

Published books[edit]


  1. ^ Interview with Steve Birdsall, January 2010
  2. ^ Pacific Wrecks interview
  3. ^ Burnett, Paul C., Editor, "From the Editor's Desk...", The Ragged Irregular, 91st Bombardment Group (H) Newsletter, Auburn, Alabama, April 1969, Volume 2, Number 3, page 9.
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  5. ^ Editors, "Airman's Bookshelf", Air Force and Space Digest, Air Force Association, Washington, D.C., January 1971, Volume 54, Number 1, page 24.