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2LT Lloyd Herbert “Pete” Hughes

2LT Lloyd Herbert “Pete” Hughes

Birth
Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Romania
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section U, Site 53
Memorial ID 18158 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Rank in the 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the raid on Ploesti, Romania, on August 1, 1943. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On August 1943, 2d Lt. Hughes served in the capacity of pilot of a heavy bombardment aircraft participating in a long and hazardous minimum-altitude attack against the Axis oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania, launched from the northern shores of Africa. Flying in the last formation to attack the target, he arrived in the target area after previous flights had thoroughly alerted the enemy defenses. Approaching the target through intense and accurate antiaircraft fire and dense balloon barrages at dangerously low altitude, his plane received several direct hits from both large and small caliber antiaircraft guns which seriously damaged his aircraft, causing sheets of escaping gasoline to stream from the bomb bay and from the left wing. This damage was inflicted at a time prior to reaching the target when 2d Lt. Hughes could have made a forced landing in any of the grain fields readily available at that time. The target area was blazing with burning oil tanks and damaged refinery installations from which flames leaped high above the bombing level of the formation. With full knowledge of the consequences of entering this blazing inferno when his airplane was profusely leaking gasoline in two separate locations, 2d Lt. 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 attack. Instead, rather than jeopardize the formation and the success of the attack, he unhesitatingly entered the blazing area and dropped his bomb load with great precision. After successfully bombing the objective, his aircraft emerged from the conflagration with the left wing aflame. Only then did he attempt a forced landing, but because of the advanced stage of the fire enveloping his aircraft the plane crashed and was consumed. By 2d Lt. Hughes' heroic decision to complete his mission regardless of the consequences in utter disregard of his own life, and by his gallant and valorous execution of this decision, he has rendered a service to our country in the defeat of our enemies which will everlastingly be outstanding in the annals of our Nation's history". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on February 26, 1944.


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LLOYD H
HUGHES
MEDAL OF HONOR
2D LT
ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR II
JUL 12 1921
AUG 1 1943


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  • Added: 27 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18158
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Lloyd Herbert “Pete” Hughes (12 Jul 1921–1 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18158, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .