He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, class of 1941.
Vaughan was the pilot on B-24J #42-73060, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron.
En route to Rangoon, Burma on a combat mission, the formation of B-24s came under attack by enemy fighters. In one of the passes, a zero made an attack from about three o'clock. As the fighter went through the formation, it struck Vaughan's bomber at about the waist position, cutting the fuselage in half and tearing off the zero's tail. Both planes spun out of control and crashed.
Vaughan received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. His enlistment Service number (ASN) was 18036843 and his Officer service number was O-436815.
Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.
Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas.