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|Pilot 1st Lt. Edward Henry Hughes, O-22526 (MIA / KIA) TX
Gunner unknown (MIA / KIA)
MIA July 17, 1943
Built by Douglas at El Segundo. Constructors Number 2576. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-4 Dauntless bureau number 10586.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11), Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 132 (VMSB-132) "Crying Red Asses". No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On July 17, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Edward Henry Hughes on a dive bombing mission against Japanese ships off southern Bougainville. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Hughes was officially declared dead on January 16, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Hughes is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SBD-4 Dauntless 10586
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 - SBD 10586 lists pilot as "Lt(jg) Hughes" and target as "Kahili"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward Henry Hughes
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October 20, 2020
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