By Dennis Newton
As a flight commander in 234 Squadron he encouraged 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 such a lot sustained interval of combating of the conflict of Britain.
Revered via his fellow pilots, Hughes started a capturing spree on 15 August that purely ended while 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 a minimum of six kills. His dying in mysterious conditions left Kathleen, his bride of simply six weeks, a warfare widow. This quantity is illustrated with over 40 images, together with many from his kinfolk that experience by no means ahead of been published.
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