Only 7 of The Few left as Bob, 97, dies


ONE of the last of The Few who won the Bat­tle of Bri­tain has died aged 97.

In 1940 as Hitler tried to de­stroy the RAF be­fore in­vad­ing, Flight Lieu­tenant Bob Hughes was an air­gun­ner with night-fighter Blen­heims of 23 Squadron.

Two op­er­a­tional tours in Bris­tol Blen­heim bombers fol­lowed, earn­ing him a Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross for gal­lantry in 1943.

David Brock­le­hurst, chair­man of the Kent Bat­tle of Bri­tain Mu­seum, said last night: “RIP Bob Hughes. Your duty’s done.”

Af­ter Kent- born Mr Hughes’ death, seven of the he­roes re­main.

The 3,000 were lauded by Prime Minister Win­ston Churchill who said: “Never in the field of hu­man con­flict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

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