Then, after Dad passed away I undertook a study to learn what had become of the planes he flew...he had kept a list of the tail numbers.
His story merited a fairly complete telling in Martin Bowman's 1984 book, "Castles in the Sky." He and his crew was one of the few to survive a full tour of 25-missions. The crew photo below came from his personal collection. Col. Hughes stayed in the Air Force after the war, was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam and lived to the age of 85, passing away in 2003.
Keep 'em Flying !