Name: Percy Linville Bingham
Entered service: 6 nov 1942 Taylor, Texas
Home town: Maverick, Texas
Born: 12 May 1924 Gomez, Texas
Died: 15 April 1945 Eagle Pass, Texas (crash with P-63 during airshow)
Burried: Maverick County, Eagle Pass cemetery, Texas
Service No : 0-708638 T43
Rank: 2 Lt
Tombstone at Eagle Pass, Texas
(Photo: Jeff Taylor)
Picture from Jeff Taylor
Registration Card ( Fold 3)
2 LT Percy Bingham, P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, 83rd Fighter Squadron; Belgium; of Quemado died non battle wounds; killed at air show Eagle Pass Airport after many combat missions overseas; airport officially was named after him.
14/04/1945 Bingham Percy
Group: 2236BU Pyote AAF, TX
Toestel P-63A (RP-63A) 42-69056 Eagle Pass AAF, TX
Veterans of Eagle Pass:
Eagle Pass, Texas ~ "Back in the Day" Lt. Percy Bingham shot down over Belgium on Sept. 6, 1944, he was flying a P-47D. This was the second time this Eagle Pass hero had been shot down over enemy lines, smuggled out by the underground keeping him safe from the Nazis.
Lt. Bingham volunteered to do the "Fly Over" at the last graduating class from the Eagle Pass Army Air Field. Col. Bundy was supposed to do the "Fly Over" but was feeling ill, the fine young man that Percy was, he said he'd fly the plane for him. As Lt. Percy Bingham pulled up during the fly over, both wings fell off the plane and he was killed instantly in front of his parents, family & many friends. He is buried in our family plot (Bibb plot) here in Eagle Pass.
Letter from his mother to his helper (Casimir Bervoets):