Flight Lieutenant Paterson Clarence HughesPrint Page
Memorial Tablet commemorates Flight Lieutenant Paterson Clarence Hughes who was killed in action during the Battle of Britain in World War Two.
He was born on 19th September 1917 and attended Cooma Primary School to the age of 12 years - thence Fort Street High School joining the RAAF in 1936 at the age of 19 years and sailing to England in 1937 on a short term RAF commission.
After serving in 64 Fighter Squadron he was promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant and posted to 234 Squadron as a Flight Commander where he demonstrated his extreme virtuosity as a leader and a pilot, being credited with 14 downed enemy aircraft plus other shared and unconfirmed planes making him the highest scoring Non-British Fighter Pilot in the Battle of Britain.
His victims are said to include the flamboyant German Ace Oblt. Franz Von Wirra who safely landed his damaged aircraft in England.
Paterson Hughes' close-in and aggressive tactics led to his demise on 7th September, 1940 with his aircraft being struck by debris from an exploding bomber which he was attacking.
He was the driving force in the achievements of 234 Squadron RAF and he lies at rest in St. James Church Yard, Sutton in Holderness, Hull, England.
|Address:||Terralong Street, Christ Church Anglican, Kiama, 2533|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.672557|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||07-September-1940|
|Actual Event End Date:||07-September-1940|
This Panel Is Dedicated
To The Memory Of
FLT. LT. P. C. HUGHES, D.F.C.
Killed In Action
Battle of Britain
7th Sept. 1940