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Paterson Clarence Hughes Memorial Tablet

Paterson Clarence Hughes Memorial Tablet
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Stone monument dedicated to 39461 Flight Lieut. Paterson Clarence Hughes D.F.C. A panel detailing his service is nearby. 



Flight Lieutenant
P.C. Hughes. D.F.C.
Royal Air Force
7th September 1940. Age 23.

And in loving memory
of his wife Kathleen
who died 
28th June 1983. Age 66.


This memorial was erected in memory of

39461 Flight Lieut. Paterson Clarence Hughes

Killed in action 7th September, 1940

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.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Flight Lieut. Paterson Clarence Hughes World War 2 39461 RAF Battle of Britain view

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Christ's Church
1 Terralong Street
Kiama NSW 2533
Local Government Area
Kiama, Municipality of
Memorial type
Recorded by
Monaro Regional Library, Cooma
Second World War, 1939–45