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07.09.1940 No 234 Squadron Spitfire I X4009 Fl/Lt. Hughes

Operation: Patrol.

Date: 7th September 1940.

Unit: 234 Squadron

Type: Spitfire I.

Serial: X4009.

Coded: AZ-?

Location: Bessels Green, Kent.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Paterson Clarence Hughes DFC. 39461 RAF Age 23. Killed.

REASON FOR LOSS:

On September 7th, 1940, one month after his wedding, Pat Hughes was killed when the Dornier he was attacking blew up with such force that it wrecked his Spitfire, his aircraft crashed into the ground at Darks Farm, Bessels Green, Kent.

In twenty-four days of intense combat he had accounted for fifteen enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of others. He was awarded the DFC posthumously.

Grave photograph kindly supplied by Anthony Gilroy - August 2018

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Paterson Clarence Hughes DFC. Sutton-On-Hull Churchyard, (St. James). Yorkshire. Row G. Grave 4. Son of Paterson Clarence and C. C. Hughes, husband of Kathleen Agnes Hughes, of Hull, England. Grave inscription reads: "And In Loving Memory Of His Wife Kathleen Who Died 28th June 1983 Aged 66".

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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