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


Ole Kickapoo Crew - Aircraft #42-40753 J

Grade Name Position Serial Number Enlistment City, State Disposition
Second Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr. Pilot O-666292 San Antonio,
Texas
Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Second Lieutenant Ronald Lee Helder Co-Pilot O-740807 Unknown Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Second Lieutenant Sidney Allen Pear Navigator O-797379 New York City,
New York
Died of Wounds
6 Aug 1943
Second Lieutenant John A. McLoughlin Bombardier O-734948 New York City,
New York
Died of Wounds
3 Aug 1943
Technical Sergeant Joseph Elzie Mix Flight Engineer 39083291 Presidio of Monterey, California Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Technical Sergeant Louis Norman Kase Radio Operator 33059883 Wilkes Barre,
Pennsylvania
Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Staff Sergeant Edmond Howard Smith, Sr. Right Waist Gunner and Assistant Engineer 38069333 Camp Wolters,
Texas
Prisoner of War
Staff Sergeant Avis Kenneth Wilson Ball Gunner and Assistant Radio Operator 13035110 Roanoke,
Virginia
Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Staff Sergeant Malcolm Clay Dalton Left Waist Gunner 36264953 Milwaukee,
Wisconsin
Killed in Action
1 Aug 1943
Staff Sergeant Thomas Albert Hoff Tail Gunner 16131240 Milwaukee,
Wisconsin
Prisoner of War

There were ten crew members aboard "Ole Kickapoo" on 1 Aug 1943.
Six were killed in action, two died from their wounds received that day, and two became prisoners of war.

Standing: Hughes, Helder, Pear, McLoughlin; Kneeling: Mix, Kase, Smith, Wilson, Dalton, Hoff Standing: Hughes, Helder, Pear, McLoughlin; Kneeling: Mix, Kase, Smith, Wilson, Dalton, Hoff
Spring 1943 - Military photo taken at Lowry Army Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado, USA.
(left to right, standing): Hughes, Helder, Pear, McLoughlin; (left to right, kneeling: Mix, Kase, Smith, Wilson, Dalton, Hoff

All of the crew of "Ole Kickapoo" were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC.)
Hughes' DSC was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

The 389th Bombardment Group (Heavy) received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC)
for the detachment's participation in the famed low-level attack against oil refineries at Ploesti on 1 Aug 1943.


Related Links: "Ole Kickapoo" and Flights of the "Ole Kickapoo"

Source: Missing Air Crew Reports, Loading List

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