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16-January-2014
16-January-2014
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

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.

Location

Address:Terralong Street, Christ Church Anglican, Kiama, 2533
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.672557
Long: 150.857743
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:07-September-1940
Actual Event End Date:07-September-1940
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Front Inscription

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
Aged 23

 

Source: MA,NRWM,ADB
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