Hugh McNaughton, 93, of Altamonte Springs, will be revisiting the naval base he was stationed at during World War 2. Hugh was in Oahu, Christmas of 1944, doing a routine patrol, when his plane crashed, killing 6 of 12 men on board. Hugh has not been back to Oahu since the accident. With assistance from Wish of a Lifetime, in partnership with Essity, he will once again visit Kaneohe Bay, and gain closure.
On Christmas Eve of 1944, Hugh and 12 other men were on a routine patrol in their PMB-5, over Kaneohe Bay. On their way back towards the island, their electrical system failed, and due to the heavy layer of fog, their plane crash landed on the beach. Hugh “didn’t care too much for flying” after that and after a long recovery process left Oahu to serve on a carrier boat. Hugh has not been back since, and dreamed of returning to the island with his daughter to gain closure and pay his respects. Hugh is now the only remaining survivor of the crash, and recognizes he is part of a dwindling number of living World War 2 veterans. From July 16th to July 20th, Wish of a lifetime in partnership with Essity, will be sending Hugh and his daughter to Oahu to once again visit the site of his crash, in addition to the base Hugh served at.
Location: Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station