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

POW: no



                               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):