Pat Hughes learned to fly in his native Australia and came to the UK in 1937 to join the Royal Air Force. At the start of the Battle of Britain he was flying Spitfire Mark Is with 234 Squadron. In four weeks he shot down a Junkers Ju88, eight Messerschmitt Bf109s and four Bf110s, then on 7 September 1940 he was killed when his Spitfire, X4009, collided with a Dornier Do17 which also broke up. The remnants of both were excavated in 1984 and displayed at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge, including the gun-firing button from the Spitfire and one of the Dornier’s engines. Now X4009 has been registered G-EMET for rebuild.
Pilot’s former ‘company aircraft’, Cessna Cardinal RG G-BBJV has been re-registered as G-OAVC