LT (jg) BERNARD HUDSON (Age 27) Lieutenant – United
States Navy Air Corps 11-10-1917 - 3-15-1945
Lt Hudson was a Naval Fighter Pilot and died in a plane crash
He returned to the States in November after 14
months service in the Pacific. He was forming a new squadron
on the East Coast preparing for further combat service. He had
been in service 35 months.
PARENTS: Gertrude & Elmer
Hudson, 632 E. Lorena, Wood River SPOUSE: Martha Biehl
Hudson FAMILY: Younger brother Harold, born in 1922
Before entering service, he was employed here as an
electrician. He graduated from EAWRCHS, where he was Captain
of the 1935 football team. In 1936 he attended the University
of Illinois for several years.
While on leave in
November, he married Miss Martha Biehl of Miami, Florida.
His brother, Midshipman Harold Hudson, who was attending the
dental school at Northwestern University Chicago campus was to
fly to Atlantic City to obtain further information on the
Lt Hudson’s father, Elmer Hudson, owned ILMO
Electric in downtown Wood River.
The following is a
timeline of his military service:
July 1942 Joined US
Navy as an Aviation Cadet at Lambert Field in St. Louis.
Underwent pilot training in Corpus Christie, Texas and
received his Commission as an Ensign and his Navy wings after
Dec. 1942 Attended fighter training school
in Miami, Florida.
Feb. 1943 Attended more flight
training on F6F Hellcat in San Diego, California
1943 Departed San Francisco on USS Sangamon for Pacific
Theater of Operations as part of VF 37.
the following invasions: Nov. 1943 Tarawa Jan. 1944
Kwajalico Feb. 1944 Eniwetok Mar. 1944 Palau Apr.
1944 Aitape May 1944 Hollandia June 1944 Saipan July
1944 Guam Sept. 1944 Morotai Oct. 1944 Leyte Gulf
where he was part of Task Force Taff 1 in famous Naval Battle
of Leyte Gulf Nov. 1944 Returned to San Francisco after
400 days at sea. Nov. 1944 Returned to Wood River and
married Martha Biehl of Miami, Florida. Dec. 1944 Assigned
to NAS Atlantic City, NJ as an instructor pilot training new
pilots forming a new Squadron VF 150 to deploy back to
Pacific. Mar. 1945 Killed in aircraft training accident
near Atlantic City at age 27 Buried in Wood River, IL