Hugo P. Rush was the CO of the 47th Bomb Wing.
He went overseas in July 1942 to become commander of the 98th Bomb Group. The following month he led the group in combat operations from Palestine in support of the British Eighth Army, then deadlocked with Rommel's Afrika Corps at El Alemain, after which he commanded in the successful Desert Campaign and movement forward to Bengasi.
Rush returned to the United States in 1943 to become commander of the 15th Wing and chief of staff of the Second Bomber Command, both at Gowen Field, Idaho.
In February 1944 he was reassigned to the Mediterranean as commander of the 47th Bombardment Wing of the 15th Air Force, which operated from Italy against targets in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Southern France and Northern Italy. He personally participated in 32 combat missions.
Upon his return to the Mediterranean, he flew on 4 missions with the 376 as an observer.
Missions as observer
# Date A/C serial nickname Target Pilot
1 3/29/1944 42-40317 Barrel House Bessie Bolzano Italy 81 Herbert Brown
2 6/ 9/1944 42-109844 ---- Munich Germany 78 John Shepard
3 8/29/1944 ? Little Jot Borovnica Yugoslavia 52 Henry Miller
4 8/30/1944 42-51635 ---- Cuprija Yugoslavia 71 Peter Arth