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Biography
William Hughes Bill and Louise Hughes -1992
Staff Sergeant Bill Hughes Bill and Louise In 1992 After 51 Years Of Marriage
Last Name:
HUGHES
First Name Middle Initial:
WILLIAM D
Nick Name:
BILL
Street:  5213 N E 45TH City & State: KANSAS CITY, MO E-Mail:  LOUISE.HUGHES@JUNO.COM
Zip: 64117 Phone:  (816) 452-4364 Spouse: LOUISE
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 8 AF 489 BG
Theater: ETO Where Captured: HOLLAND Date Captured: 03/08/44
Camps Held In: STALAG 4 AND 6 How Long Interned: 419 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 05/45 Age at Capture: 20
Medals Received: AIR MEDAL W/ OAK LEAF CLUSTER, PURPLE HEART MEDAL, WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, PRESIDENTAL UNIT CITATION MEDAL (EAME) WITH BATTLE STAR
Military Job: M/SGT / FLIGHT ENGINEER Company: TWA
Occupation after War:  MECHANIC

 

Bio:

William Hughes was born on Nov. 16 1923 in Liberal, MO and passed away on March 26, 1999. Following high school, Mr. Hughes joined the Eighth Air Force and served in WWII as a M/Sgt flight engineer, in the European Theater, with the 489th Bomber Group. He was stationed in England and after several missions was captured in Holland on March 8, 1944 and interned in Stalags 4 & 6. He received the AVA (Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, WWII Victory, POW, Good Conduct, American Campaign, Presidential Unit Citation; same with one Battle Star. After being liberated on May 1945, he was discharged on October 23, 1945.

He was married to Louise Hughes for over 51 years and resided in KC. He had four daughters (Trish Hughes Troutz, Marjorie Hughes, Mary Beth Robeson and Christine Bossung) and a son (W. David Hughes), plus 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Bill worked for large truck companies as a mechanic and foreman for companies such as White Motor Co., Mack Truck Co. and TWA but retired on medical leave from TWA. He was the Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW Post #5606 and stayed active in the Heart of America Chapter of Ex-POWs.

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