By Dennis Newton
As a flight commander in 234 Squadron he recommended 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 prior to 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 battling of the conflict of Britain.
Revered by way of his fellow pilots, Hughes all started a taking pictures spree on 15 August that purely 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 no less than 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 images, together with many from his family members that experience by no means ahead of been published.
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