Aussie ace

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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

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