HUGHES, FRED MORTON, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-666291, USAAF

 

Fred M. Hughes Jr. was born 13 December 1921 to Fred Morton Hughes (1894-1970) and Madeline (Lindow) Spain nee Hughes (1893-1975). Siblings included Anna M. Hughes (1921-    ) and Audry J. Hughes (1925-    ). In 1940 the family shows as Lawrence C. Spain (1900-1951) (oil distributor, Shell Oil), Madeline Spain, Albert H. Spain (1922-1990), Anna, Audrey and Fred, and a cousin of Spain, John Robinson (1928-    ). On 23 May 1917, Fred M. Hughes was single, in mining, and lived at 857 E. 24th St., Los Angeles, CA. His mother was the U.S. Postmaster for Wellton, Yuma, AZ. On 1 November 1943, he married Marguerite Vernice Hemperly (1919-    ) (from Yuma, AZ) in Pima County, Arizona.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as with black hair and eyes. He completed flight training, earned his commission and pilot wings, and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. On 27 March 1944, a B-24-J, # 42-64104, assigned to 10th Air Force, 6th Photo Group, 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, of the air field at Gushkara, India, took off from Sookerating, Assam, India, on a ferrying mission to Gushkara, India. Its last known location was at 0830 hours at Sookerating, India. The aircraft departed Gushkara air field, India, on 27 March 1944. It landed at Sookerating field, Assam, India, at 0545 Zulu hours. It was ferrying 100 octane fuel and eight passengers. It took off from Sookerating at 0843 Zulu to fly to Gushkara. No Form 23, flight clearance, was on file at Sookerating. The last contact was with the Sookerating Airdrome. Two B-24-J aircraft flew a search. Nothing was found. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.

 

Lawrence C. Spain was a USAAF First Lieutenant during WW II and served in the 554th Base Unit. Albert Hugh Spain, born 12 September 1922, in Taft, CA, registered for the WW II draft and described himself as 5’8”, 181 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF with one year of college on 13 April 1942. He died on 9 October 1990

COOK, JOSEPH A., Second Lieutenant (promoted to First Lieutenant), # 0-665179, USAAF

 

Joseph A. Cook was born in 1918 in Oklahoma. He enlisted (enlisted # 38102367) at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, while living in Eddy County, New Mexico, on 7 March 1942. He completed flight training, earned his commission and pilot wings, and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. On 27 March 1944, a B-24-J, # 42-64104, assigned to 10th Air Force, 6th Photo Group, 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, of the air field at Gushkara, India, took off from Sookerating, Assam, India, on a ferrying mission to Gushkara, India. Its last known location was at 0830 hours at Sookerating, India. The aircraft departed Gushkara air field, India, on 27 March 1944. It landed at Sookerating field, Assam, India, at 0545 Zulu hours. It was ferrying 100 octane fuel and eight passengers. It took off from Sookerating at 0843 Zulu to fly to Gushkara. No Form 23, flight clearance, was on file at Sookerating. The last contact was with the Sookerating Airdrome. Two B-24-J aircraft flew a search. Nothing was found. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.