|Lt. Hugh Wallace flew a P-47, such as this one, for the 81st Fighter Group.|
Hugh L. Wallace, Jr. could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 28, 1917 in Texas. His mother was born in Louisiana and his father was born in Mississippi. The elder Hugh Wallace worked as pipe fitter for an oil company and later as a yard foreman. Hugh junior had an older sister, a younger sister and two younger brothers. By 1940 Hugh had completed four years of high school and was working as a fitter helper.
Hugh was a prewar enlistee, having joined the Army Air Corp on June 23, 1941. He became a first lieutenant in the 93rd Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, 14th Air Force.
The 93rd Fighter Squadron was active in North Africa through the Anzio landings during 1943 and early 1944 flying P-38 Lightnings. The unit was transferred to India in February 1944 and switched to flying P-47 Thunderbolts.
Lt. Wallace operated out of Lalmonirhat Air Base in India. On May 28, 1944, Lt. Wallace's P-47 crashed due to engine failure.
His remains were returned to be buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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