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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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611 Squadron Crest
03.07.1941 No 611 Squadron Spitfire V R7293 (Sans Tache) Sgt. McHugh

Operation: Circus 30

Date: 03rd July 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 611 Squadron (11 Group)

Type: Spitfire V

Serial: R7293 (Sans Tache)

Code: FY-A

Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex

Location: Near Saint-Omer, Fance

Pilot: Sgt. Martin Kean Mchugh NZ/401281 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Hornchurch in Essex with eleven others at 10:55 hrs on Circus 30 - escorting 12 Blenheims to Hazebrouk.

During the operational sortie the squadron dived to attack other enemy aircraft and in turn they were then bounced by another Luftwaffe formation - Sgt. Mchugh was lost during this combat after being shot down by Me109.

Crash photographs courtesy Paul Broderick

Burial details:

Sgt. Martin Kean Mchugh. Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery (St-Omer). Plot 9. Row B. Grave 17. Son of David and Sarah McHugh, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. A total of 270 flying hours logged and on his 35th operational sortie.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY- 18.11 2018

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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