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2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr.
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)


Lieutenant Hughes 'One of Great War Heroes,' General Writes Mother

A letter that lessened the sorrow of loss of a love one was received by Mrs. J. R. Jordan, 1113 Sixth Street, from Brig. Gen. U. G. Ent, USA, commanding officer of the outfit in which her son was fighting when he failed to return from a bombing tour of the Rumanian oil fields.

"I want you to know the wonderful contribution Lieutenant Hughes (Lloyd Herbert (Pete) Hughes) has made toward winning the war." General Ent stated in a letter to Mrs. Jordan.

"I want you to know of his gallantry, devotion to duty and steadfastness of purpose in accomplishing the most difficult mission ever assigned to our Air Force.

"Lieutenant Hughes is one of the great heroes of this war, his name has been indelibly written in our country's history. I am the proudest commander in the world. No commander has ever had a braver, more efficient force than the one which bombed the Rumanian oil refineries on Aug. 1, 1943.

"Any new information which may be received will be transmitted to you by the War Department or directly from the Group Commander. I have made a recommendation for an award for Lieutenant Hughes' deeds which has been approved by General Brereton. You will hear more of this at a future date."

Source: Personal papers. Newspaper article from the Corpus Christi Times, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA, dated 23 Sep 1943.

Note: Part of this newspaper article is virtually unreadable. I located other articles after searching for "indelibly written in our country" and it turns out that this is a form letter. Here are two more newspaper articles. I extrapolated the text above from the text below.


Lt. Nicholson To Be Decorated For Bravery

Lieut. Louis M. Nicholson, Jr., missing in action since August during a raid on the Rumanian oil refineries, will be awarded a decoration for bravery, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Nicholson, were advised today by Brig. Gen. U. G. Ent, commander of the Ninth Bomber Command of the U. S. Air Force.

This award will be in addition to two oak leaf clusters and an air medal awarded to Lieut. Nicholson some time ago.

A letter praising Lieut. Nicholson was received by his parents today.

The letter follows:

"Forgive me for not writing sooner. I want you to know the wonderful contribution Lieutenant Louis M. Nicholson ahs made towards winning the war. I want you to know of his gallantry, devotion to duty and steadfastness of purpose in accomplishing the most difficult mission ever assigned to our Air Force.

"Lieutenant Nicholson is one of the great heroes of this war, his name has been indelibly written in our country's history. I am the proudest commander in the world, no commander has ever had a braver, more efficient force than the one which bombed the Rumanian oil refineries on Aug. 1, 1943.

"Any new information which may be received will be transmitted to you by the War department or directly from the Group Commander. I have made a recommendation for an award for Lieut. Nicholson's deeds which has been approved by General Brereton. You will hear more of this at a future date.

"U. G. ENT, Brig. Gen. U. S. A. Commanding.

Source: Newspaper article from "The Delta Democrat--Times" in Greenville, Mississippi, 14 Sep 1943, Page Two


Citation Awaits Flier Missing in Rumanian Raid
Mother Received Letter From General Praising Son.

Mrs. Herma Krug, 7359 Aberdeen St., whose son, Lt. Richard M. Krug, has been missing in action since an army air force bombing raid in August on the Rumanian oil refineries, recently received a letter from his commanding officer, Brig.-Gen. U. G. Ent, telling her of an award for him and of "his gallantry, devotion to duty and steadfastness of purpose in accomplishing the most difficult mission ever assigned to our air force."

"Great Hero of This War."

"I have made the recommendation of an award for Lt. Krug's deeds which has been approved by General Brereton. You will hear more of this at a future date," he wrote Mrs. Krug. "Lieutenant Krug is one of the great heroes of this war, his name has been indelibly written in our country's history," the brigadier-general added.

Lieutenant Krug has been listed as missing in action since the Liberator bomber on which he was navigation failed to return from a raid over the Rumanian oil fields. Prior to this time he had been stationed for three months in Egypt.

Leader at Calumet.

An honor student at Calumet high school, the lieutenant enlisted in the national guard three months before his graduation in June, 1940, and joined the air corps the next month. He was president of the All-Calumet Civic league student governing body while in his senior year at Calumet.


Source: Newspaper article from "The Southtown Economist" in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, 19 Sep 1943, Page 2

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