07.09.1940 No 234 Squadron Spitfire I X4009 Fl/Lt. Hughes
Date: 7th September 1940.
Unit: 234 Squadron
Type: Spitfire I.
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
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".