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David C Messer


Flew at least 7 missions with the 466th BG as BTG on the Forest M. Musgrave Crew
Flew only 1 mission with 44th BG then transferred to 15th AF



  • Forest Musgrave

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot of Crew #508, one of the original complement of crews that deployed with the 466th BG - 785th BS. Completed 7 missions with the 466th BG then transferred to the 44th BG for lead crew training. ...

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28795

    B-24 Liberator
    There was an operational mission to Brunswick this day, and all of the aircraft returned safely. But the 66th Squadron lost an aircraft and two crewmen killed in an apparent unrelated incident. ...

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...

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Lived in Erwin, NC, USA 1942
Died Sterling City, TX 76951, USA 25 May 1955

Killed in crash of B36J #52-2818 of the 6th BW. All 14 on board were KIA.


Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 23:36:53 466thHistorian Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:00 AAM AAM ingest

44th BG newsletter / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia