RICHARD B. HUGHES, LTJG, USN
Richard Hughes '37
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: December 8, 1941
From the 1937 Lucky Bag:
Richard was lost when the PBY-5 Catalina he was copiloting crashed while landing in Halifax harbor on December 8, 1941. From VP Navy:
Emergency downwind landing. Hit swell during landing, bounced and hit second swell nose down attitude and flipped partially over. The hull was torn, plane sank in 20mins. … All indications are the partial or complete loss elevator control occurred. Pilot:Ens.Paul H.Alter/Killed, Lt(jg) Richard B. Hughes/Killed, ENS Robert W. DeReamer/Killed, AMM1 Cleo Wells (NAP)/Killed, RM3 Harry W. Sheep/Killed, AMM3 Carl W. Pierce/Killed, AMM1 John R. McIntyre/Seriously inj, AMM3 Robert E. Dearen/Minor inj, AMM3 Robert M. Smith/Seriously inj, RM3 Oliver C. Lawhead/Seriously inj, and RM1 George A. Brown/Minor inj
His wife was listed as next of kin. Unable to locate a burial location or memory marker.
He was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940. On February 11, 1941 he was designated naval aviator #7136. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)
He was copiloting a PBY-5 Catalina when it was involved in a mishap while taxiing in Rhode Island on November 7, 1941. No one aboard was injured, but the aircraft suffered significant damage.