David W Bercaw

Military
media-33849.png UPL 33849 Crew #781 - David Bercaw Crew
466th BG - 787th BS
B-24H-30-CF #42-50448 "Earthquake McGoon" Code: 6L-H
466th BG - 787th BS 466th Bomb Group collection

information provided by genealogist Marcia Melnyk

Object Number - UPL 33849 - Crew #781 - David Bercaw Crew 466th BG - 787th BS B-24H-30-CF #42-50448 "Earthquake McGoon" Code: 6L-H 466th BG - 787th BS

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Units served with

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: O-2066833
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot / Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Carioca-Bev
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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

Deerfield Township, OH, USA 9 April 1917

Other

466BG Combat Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, UK 28 January 1945 - 25 April 1945 Completed 22 combat missions before hostilities ended.

Died

Jackson, MI, USA 20 April 1956 Was killed in a car crash with his wife Betty Lou. The accident occurred 4 miles south of Jackson, MI on US-127 when a car coming from the opposite direction tried to pass a truck and collided head-on with the Bercaw's car. Their daughter Brenda, 4 years old at the time, survived the crash with minor injuries.

Buried/ Commemorated

Lebanon, OH 45036, USA 27 April 1956 Lebanon Cemetery Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, USA  Plot Section F
Mason, OH, USA

Revisions

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466th BG Historian

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Pilot Dave Bercaw

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findagrave.com
Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom - page 333

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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 & Brassford, page 343

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