David I Bridgers

Military

Object Number - UPL 7271 - Crew #765 David Bridgers Crew 466th BG - 787th BS B-24J-155-CO #44-40253 "Hard Luck" Code: 6L-N Standing Left to Right: Herb Leopold (B),...

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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32874367
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33427243
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Delores Jean
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Peggy Ann
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Huckle de Buck
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron 863rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Hard Luck
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron 862nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: This Above All
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 6 October 1944
  • Date: 7 October 1944
  • Date: 14 October 1944
  • Date: 17 October 1944
  • Date: 19 October 1944

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Jackson, MS, USA 1923-03-23
Jackson, MS, USA Route #5

Other

University of Mississippi

Oxford, MS, USA Played Center on the 1947 SEC Champion football team

Died

Vicksburg, MS, USA 2007-08-23 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 2007-08-25 Lakewood Memorial Park Jackson Hinds County Mississippi, USA

Revisions

Date7 Aug 2018 10:27:11
Sources

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

Date7 Aug 2018 10:18:27
Sources

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

Date29 Sep 2017 21:25:36
ContributorLucy May
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

Date4 Jan 2015 04:05:53
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian
David Bridgers provided mission list

Date4 Jan 2015 00:57:16
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

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