Posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Second Lieut. Lloyd
H. Hughes, husband of Mrs. Hazel Dean Hughes, 156 Halliday avenue, for heroism
that cost him his life in the Ploesti, Rumania, oil raid August 1, 1943, has
been announced by the war department.
"Approaching the target through intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire and
dense balloon barrages at dangerously low altitude, his plane received several
direct hits from both large and small caliber anti-aircraft guns which seriously
damaged his aircraft, causing sheets of escaping gasoline to stream from the
bomb bay and from the left wing," the citation discloses.
FLEW INTO FLAMES
"With full knowledge of the consequences of entering this blazing inferno
(refineries hit by preceding planes were ablaze) when his airplane was profusely
leaking gasoline in two separate location. Lieutenant Hughes, motivated only by
his high conception of duty which called for the destruction of his assigned
target at any cost, did not elect to make a forced landing or turn back from the
The citation adds that the bomb load was dropped with great precision and
that he then crashed with his plane on fire. Nine [sic - see below] other
crew members were killed and two were taken prisoners of war.
Previously all members of the crew had been awarded the Distinguished Service
Cross, and Mrs. Hughes has received the Purple Heart awarded her husband.
IN ROME RAID
Native of Alexandria, La., Lieutenant Hughes lived most of his life at Corpus
Christi [sic - in Texas]. He came to the cadet center in March, 1942, to start his
aviation training. He took primary training at Tulsa and basic training at Enid,
Okla., and received his wings and commission at Lubbock November 10, 1942.
Two days before his graduation at Lubbock he married the former Miss Hazel
Dean Ewing of San Antonio, who has been making her home here (San Antonio) with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ewing.
After graduation Lieutenant Hughes, a former A. and M. student, took
four-engine bomber training at Fort Worth and was station at Tucson, El Paso and
Denver for brief periods before coming home in May on six-day leave.
He arrived in England June 14, 1943, and four days later went to North
Africa. He participated in the first bombing attack on Rome and then joined the
group planning the Ploesti raid.
Note: Includes photo of Pete with caption, "LIEUT. LLOYD H. HUGHES -
Heroism cost life."
Source: Personal papers. Newspaper
article from Page 2A of The San Antonio Light (now
defunct), San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, dated
Monday, 6 Mar 1944.