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mhugh74

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Looking for any info on my grand father SSG Edward A Hughes from Newark, New Jersey anyone who served with or knew what crew he was in. I think he was a waist gunner and was in theater around march 1944. I have an old air medal certificate that says he was in 775th.
Thanks for any info

SSG Michael Hughes
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Michael,

Your grandfather is listed in the back of the 775th "Allyn's Irish Orphans" history. Looking through it quickly I did not see any other mention of him, but I could have easily have missed it. Do you have any additional information? Did he complete his 50 missions, etc.?

Steve

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Steve,

Thanks for your reply. I really dont have much info about his service, my father said he never spoke of the war and myself an Iraq Army Vet i can understand. But I had heard he completed 50 missions and i have an air medal certifcate with 2 oakleaf clusters along with some photos but none are of him with a crew. I also have an parchute flare signed bye a bunch of guys I can get u names and take pictures of what I have. I can also send you a a cd of the photos i found some have names on the back. Just woundering if anyone who knew him is still around. Again Thanks for your input.

Mike Hughes
Grandson of SSG Edward Hughes
Arial Gunner 775th
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Mike,

If your Grandfather was with the 463rd in March of 1944 he must have been among the original crews. I've spoken to a couple guys who were among the original crews with the 463rd. Each finished up their 50 missions around August of 1944. For the most part I think crews pretty much kept to themselves, so you will probably only find someone who remembers your Grandfather if you find someone on his crew. I'd guess the names written on the flare are either his crew and/ or ground crew. The only crew lists I have are from the 10 May 1944 mission. There was no Edward Hughes listed as flying on that day (a good day to not be flying). If you send me the names from the flare or pictures I'll check for them too.

If you have any pictures or scans I'm sure Joel Swindlehurst would like to have them. I'd be happy to have them too. Is the Hughes among the individual photos on this website your Grandfather?

Steve

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Mike,
I have listing of the combat crews of the 775th Squadron as of 6 Jan 1944 while the Group was still in training at Lakeland, Florida.  I do not see your grandfather listed among the crews.  The listing I have is the full squadron complement of 18 crews for the squadron.

I'm sure there were some changes made to some of the crews before they shipped out in March for overseas so it is entirely possible your grandfather was a replacement on one of the crews although I do not have any records at hand to indicate that.  But again, my records are pretty hit and miss right now.

I do see your grandfather listed on a roster that was compiled in October, 1944 for the purpose of personnel having served with the group prior to that date.  It was compiled for the puposes of the award of the Presidential Unit Citation for the 18 May 1944 mission to Ploesti.  The listing shows his enlistment address as 16 Orchard St, Neward, NJ.

Beyond that, right now I don't have any other information for you but in compiling and transcribing information to be included in the third volume of the 463rd Pictorial History, I may come across something and I'll contact you.

Joel

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Joel,

Thanks for any info you may come across. I have service dates of leaving for europe on 12 FEB 44 arriving MTO 1 MAR 44 then leaving to go home for the states on 26 DEC 44 arriving 11 JAN 45 he was discharged 27 AUG 45 at Ft. Dix, NJ

I looked at the flare names and found most were signed as private PFC or corpral which might be from basic training and not the group since i know most were SSG or Higher.

thanks for your help

Mike Hughes
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Mike & Joel,

In "Allyn's Irish Orphans" there is a mention of Pvt. Edward A. Hughes who had passed a physical and was now going to be an aerial gunner. It appears to have happened between 10 May 1944 and 13 May 1944 but the book is a bit ambiguous. He must have shipped out as part of the ground crew and so was not on the 6 January 1944 list of flight crews.

Steve

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Mike,

I've come across a bit more information for you. This is from the history of the 775th BS for May 1944.

11 May 1944
Two new aerial gunners were added to the combat crews
Pfc. Rocco Pellegrini assigned as Tail Gunner Crew 62 (Little)
Pvt. Edward A. Hughes ball turret on Crew 64 (Lt. Pratt)

On 12 May 1944 Lt. Pratt was flying #842. On 13 May Lt. Pratt was not flying, but Lt. Orf was flying #821. Edward Hughes may have been on #821 that day because my Father mentioned one time a guy who had been part of the ground crews volunteered to be a gunner and flew one mission with them.

Also 12 May 1944. 1st Lt. William E. Garrett joined the squadron and was assigned a bombardier on crew 64 (Lt. Pratt)

Steve

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