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David I Bridgers

Military

Service

People

  • Richard Garlichs

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Iurlano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Served from 6 November 1944 to 10 March 1945. Flew 38 missions, but the crew were only credited with 35. One of the three was recalled after all the aircraft had taken off.

  • Herbert Leopold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zal_-ZkNqo

  • Jack Starlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Steel

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Van Dyke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Andrew Van Slot

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    31 bombing missions, 4 gas hauls for Patton, Battle of the Bulge. Going overseas from Goose Bay, we had ice on the ailerones and went into a spin at 13,500. Pulled out at 3500. The ice finally broke with temp change. We were called back to Goose Bay....

  • Charles Walker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Dewey Whisenant

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 696

    1 November 1944

  • 712

    11 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jackson, MS, USA 23 March 1923
Lived in Jackson, MS, USA 1943

Route #5

University of Mississippi Oxford, MS, USA 1947

Played Center on the 1947 SEC Champion football team

Died Vicksburg, MS, USA 23 August 2007

Mr. David I. Bridgers, Sr., 84, died Thursday, August 23, 2007, at his home in Belmont Gardens. He was a resident of Vicksburg for 45 years.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Bridgers attended Central High School. He served as a combat pilot during World War II, flying 35 missions for the 8th Air Force, including the bombing of Berlin. After the War, he attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship. He played center on the 1947 team that won the school's first South Eastern Conference Championship. Upon graduation, Mr. Bridgers accepted a job with Mississippi Power & Light, Co., where he worked for 40 years. He retired in 1991, while serving as Division Manager for the Western Division, located in Vicksburg.
Mr. Bridgers served as chairman of numerous boards of directors, such as, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Andrew Jackson Council of BSA, Governing Board of Mercy Regional Medical Center, Mississippi Heart Fund and The Committee of 100. Mr. Bridgers is a past president of the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Foundation. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, serving as president of the Parish Council, Eucharistic Minister and Lector.

Buried Jackson, MS, USA 25 August 2007

Lakewood Memorial Park
Jackson
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 10:27:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

David Bridgers' entry in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 343

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 10:18:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

David Bridgers' entry in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 343

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 21:25:36 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 343

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 04:05:53 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian
David Bridgers provided mission list

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 00:57:16 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

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