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Richard Bland Hughes Jr


Assigned to 457BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Phillip Bennett crew. 25 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-R] Grafton Underwood 16/4/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 13/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Presque Isle 10/4/43; Assigned to the 413th BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON/96TH BGOMBARDMENT GROUP at Grafton Underwood on 17/4/43 WABBIT TWACKS; Andrews Field 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred to the...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38208 Lilly Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Rougham 10/2/44 as GEORGIA’S PEACHES; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-A] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; transferred 398BG Nuthampsted 27/5/45; 58m but none with 398BG, to RAF Valley for...

  • 42-39809

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 7/9/43; 547BS/384BG [SO-M] Grafton Underwood 6/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Ray MacDonald, Navigator: Bill Kontur, Bombardier: George Bean, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lee Pierce, Radio Operator: Tony...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Fort Riley, KS 16 August 1923

Son of Richard Bland Hughes Sr.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, MO 20 January 1943

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri

Based Grafton Underwood December 1943 – May 1944

Assigned to 457BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Cadiz, Trigg County, KY 21 December 2001
Buried Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess County, KY 24 December 2001

Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky


Date Contributor Update
10 August 2020 11:40:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 04:08:51 bombercommand Changes to middlename and suffix

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /