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Robert Edwin Hughes

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in P-51B 43-6866 by a Bf109 G-6 fighter piloted by Uffz. Gunter Will of Stab/JG11 near Celle, Germany. 8-Apr-44. 1st Lt Hughes baled out POW. MACR 3608.

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 43-6866

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by a Bf109 G-6 fighter piloted by Uffz. Gunter Will of Stab/JG11 near Celle, Germany. 8-Apr-44. Pilot 1st Lt. Robert E "Eddie" Hughes baled out POW. MACR 3608.

  • 43-6768 'Black Lace'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C lost 24-Oct-44. Capt Charles F Hess (1st Scouting Force) killed in training accident, bailing out too low due to engine failure.

  • 43-6840

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born NIxon, TX 18 October 1915

Son of Rosa Hughes.

Lived in Houston, TX, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 2 September 1943 – 8 April 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 December 1943

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 8 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down Celle, Germany 8 April 1944

Shot down by a Bf109 G-6 fighter piloted by Uffz. Gunter Will of Stab/JG11 near Celle, Germany. 8-Apr-44. Pilot 1st Lt Robert E "Eddie" Hughes baled out POW. MACR 3608.

Died Dallas, TX, USA 23 March 1986
Buried Grove Hill Memorial Park Dallas, Dallas County, TX 26 March 1986

Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2020 14:27:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/625604660
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/216862076/robert-e-hughes

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 22:04:08 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Updated a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2016 21:15:05 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=6866

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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