Henry Hughey was 19 years old when the United States called on him to defend his country. He became a turret gunner on a B-17 Bomber, and flew his first mission over Germany 73 years ago! Today, World War II Staff Sergeant Hughey is 92 years old with a mind like a steel trap. He can recall numbers and details that are extraordinary. Proud veteran, founding member of the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum, and distinguished affiliate of the Mighty 8th Air Force Historical Society Georgia Chapter, Hughey and his chapter returned to the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel last weekend for the 25th time as part of the Savannah Veterans Day Parade festivities.
The Mighty 8th Air Force Society Georgia Chapter having been the very first group to stay at the historic downtown hotel back in 1992, Henry Hughey is now Savannah Marriott’s main point of contact for the society and proudly considered family as he and his chapter return year after year for Veterans Day.
The Eighth Air Force Historical Society was created in 1975 to preserve the legacy of the “Mighty Eighth,” and the part it played in American history during WWII.; to help tell the story of over 350,000 men and women who served with honor, and to memorialize the over 54,000 who were either killed in combat or taken prisoner