2nd. Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes of San Antonio and Corpus Christi, has been awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor for piloting his gasoline-leaking B-24 bomber
low over the flaming target of the Ploesti oil refineries in Rumania to bomb the
target and fulfill his mission, the war department announced Saturday (4 Mar
Hughes, who lost his life on the raid, was the third San Antonian to receive
his country's highest honor, the other two being Col. Neel Kearby and Lt. Col.
Charles W. Davis.
Mrs. Hazel D. Hughes, the hero's widow, lives at 158 Halliday St.
The war department stated that Hughes' plane was hit on the way to Ploesti
and was leaking gasoline badly. He could have made a crash landing but instead
went on in to the flaming target to carry out his mission.
Flying low through the flames of the refinery, the plane caught fire and
Notes: There has been some confusion over when the war
department awarded Pete his Medal of Honor versus when the Medal of Honor
was presented to Pete's widow. I hope this article
clears up the confusion.