Hughes, Henry P., Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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  1942, World War II Fallen

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Henry P. Hughes, Jr. was born in Missouri in 1921, according to his enlistment papers. He enlisted at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on August 21, 1941 as a private in the Army Air Forces. His enlistment form states he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a semi-skilled painter in the construction trade.

No census data has been located on him. The first military appearance after enlistment is assignment to the 301st Bomb Group. He deployed to England, but when the 301st sent aircraft to Algeria, he was part of the Bruce crew that went.

He flew 6 credited missions with this crew. On November 28, 1942, the crew was part of a bombing raid on targets in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. En route to the target, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters, and the Bruce aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

The history of the 301st and German records record that Feldwebel Anton Hafner from 4/JG51 was given credit for the shoot-down.

SSgt Hughes is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Henry P. Hughes, Jr. was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F #41-24363, named "Bad Penny," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16197 was issued for this incident. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

Cpt John B. Bruce  p
2 Lt Robert Earl  c-p
2 Lt Charles Tanehill  nav
2 Lt Charles Knop  bomb
SSgt Henry P. Hughes, Jr.  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Leonard McGriff  r/o
SSgt Alpheus Backus  wg
Sgt  Samuel Scott  wg
SSgt Merle Gilger  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

SSgt Gilger's name is given as "Merle." All other sources give it as "Merril."

The only known photo of this crew is when King George VI met them in England. individuals are not identified.

The name "Bad Penny" comes from the old adage "A bad penny always comes back."

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