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


National Museum of the United States Air Force

Some time in July 2016, a fellow researcher posted a link to the National Museum of the United States Air Force and a high definition "Cockpit360" tour of a Consolidated B-24D Liberator's Pilot Station. It is really worth looking at. They also have tours of the Bombardier, Radio Operator, Waist Gunner, and Bomb Bay.

The museum's virtual tours of the exhibits and grounds located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, are also amazing. "Looking around," I discovered a memorial to Uncle Pete inside and a section of Memorial Park outside dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.

I requested some photos, and received these.

SECOND LIEUTENANT LLOYD HERBERT HUGHES

was a B-24 bomber pilot participating in a low-level attack against oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania, 1 August 1943. He arrived in the target area after previous flights had alerted enemy defenses. Approaching through intense fire, his plane was seriously damaged causing gasoline to stream from it. Although fields were readily available for a forced landing, and although he was well aware of the hazards of entering a blazing target area with profuse gasoline leaks, Lieutenant Hughes unhesitatingly flew on and bombed with great precision. His aircraft emerged enveloped in fire, exploded and crashed, killing all aboard.

Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, 12 July 1921.

Five of the monuments dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients in Memorial Park (map). Uncle Pete's name is on the middle monument.
Names and dates on the monument:

MAJ JAY ZEAMER, JR. - 16 JUN 43
2LT JOHN C. MORGAN - 28 JUL 43
2LT LLOYD H. HUGHES - 1 AUG 43
LTCOL ADDISON E. BAKER - 1 AUG 43
MAJ JOHN L. JERSTAD - 1 AUG 43
COL LEON W. JOHNSON - 1 AUG 43

COL JOHN R. KANE - 1 AUG 43 is on the next monument to the right. Note that Hughes, Baker, Jerstad, Johnson, and Kane all have the same date - 1 AUG 43 - the day of Operation Tidal Wave.

A close up of Uncle Pete's name:

2LT LLOYD H. HUGHES - 1 AUG 43

 


Photographs copyright 2016 National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and used with permission.

Note: My thanks to K. LaRock.

Created: July 29, 2016

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