By Dennis Newton

Pat Hughes is at the present time possibly the best unsung hero of the conflict of england. Ranked 6th within the ‘ace of aces’ of the aerial crusade of summer time 1940, he shot down not less than fourteen enemy plane, ordinarily the Spitfire’s heavily matched rival the Messerschmitt Me 109.

As a flight commander in 234 Squadron he endorsed daring, close-in strategies and through July 1940 scored the squadron’s first victories of the epic conflict for air supremacy. the load of command fell on his shoulders ahead of the squadron transferred to the center of the conflict within the south-east of britain, the place he continued the heaviest and so much sustained interval of struggling with of the conflict of Britain.

Revered through his fellow pilots, Hughes begun a taking pictures spree on 15 August that basically ended whilst he was once killed throughout the first large sunlight assault on London on 7 September. In his final 3 days on my own he contributed not less than six kills. His demise in mysterious conditions left Kathleen, his bride of simply six weeks, a battle widow. This quantity is illustrated with over 40 pictures, together with many from his relations that experience by no means sooner than been published.

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