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

Medal of Honor Display at the Pentagon

Display is a part of Airman's Hall, 4th Floor The Pentagon; designed by Nick Mosura and Tom Segars, HAF/IMMG (HQ Air Force/Media Services Graphics.) Dedicated in 2010.

U.S. Army Air Forces
Medal of Honor
World War II
Atlantic Theater

Pete's image is the one in the fifth column from the left.

Second Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert Hughes - Lieutenant Hughes, a B-24 bomber pilot, flew in the last formation to attack vital enemy oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on August 1, 1943. The enemy was fiercely defending the fields, having been alerted by previous bomber attacks. As he approached target, flak tore through the bomb bay and left wing, causing a stream of fuel to pour from the aircraft. Rather than land in the grain fields below and escape to safety, Hughes bravely continued on to the target, which was ablaze with burning oil tanks and damaged refinery installations. Flames leapt high above the bombing altitude of the formation. Aware of the possibility that the escaping fuel would ignite, he headed fearlessly into the flaming inferno and released bombs on the target. As he flew off, the fuel ignited, and his left wing burst into flames. As he attempted an emergency landing, the plane crashed and exploded, killing Lieutenant Hughes.

Source: Photos from Susan J. Linders. Received on 30 Jun 2011. Thank you, Susan!

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