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By Dennis Newton

Pat Hughes is at the present time might be the best unsung hero of the conflict of england. Ranked 6th within the ‘ace of aces’ of the aerial crusade of summer season 1940, he shot down at the least fourteen enemy plane, normally 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 weight of command fell on his shoulders prior to the squadron transferred to the guts of the conflict within the south-east of britain, the place he persisted the heaviest and so much sustained interval of battling of the conflict of Britain.

Revered through his fellow pilots, Hughes started a taking pictures spree on 15 August that simply ended whilst he used to be killed through the first large sunlight assault on London on 7 September. In his final 3 days by myself he contributed at the least six kills. His demise in mysterious conditions left Kathleen, his bride of simply six weeks, a warfare widow. This quantity is illustrated with over 40 pictures, together with many from his family members that experience by no means earlier than been published.

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