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Cedric Elston Hudgens


Commander 437th TCG - 01 May 1943 through 12 June 1944.
Born on 03 May 1912 in Louisiana; Died on 12 June 1944 in England.

From Col Hudgens' obituary in the San Antonio (TX) Light, 26 June 1944:

'Col. Cedric Elston Hudgens, 32, who commanded a Troop Carrier Group in the assault on France on D-Day, died June 12 in England, according to a message received by his wife, the former Miss Mary Ruth Belcher of San Antonio. The officer returned to his base in England without injury following the invasion, but died suddenly six days later from natural causes.'

'Mrs. Hudgens, who has been living in Homer, La., was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Belcher, and sister, Mrs. Robert Temple, at 11044 Highland Boulevard, when she was notified of her husband's death.'

'On D-Day Mrs. Temple received word that her husband, Lieutenant Temple, was missing over Germany since May 24.'

'Hudgens received his wings at Kelly Field in June, 1935, and later was with the old 22nd Observation Squadron at Brooks Field. He had served as an executive officer in England and Africa, and was promoted to Colonel on April 14.'

'Survivors, besides his widow, include two children, Mary, 5, and Cedric Elston Jr.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Hudgens of Athens, La.; three sisters, and a brother. He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.'


Units served with

  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

  • Headquarters (437th Troop Carrier Group)

Associated Place

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...


Event Location Date
Born Louisiana, USA 3 May 1912
Died England, UK 12 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2018 12:02:28 Lucy May Changes to role, biography and events

Added Cedric E Hudgens' name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford, in the UK.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 10:55:01 jaxticotribute Changes to role and biography

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437th TCG Mission Order #1 - Detroit
Air Force Combat Units of World War II - AFD-100921-044