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Flight Lieutenant William Hughes DFC – One of ‘The Few’


We are sad to report the death of Battle of Britain air gunner and wireless operator Flt Lt William Robert Kent Hughes DFC on 3 December, aged 97.

One of Churchill’s gallant ‘Few’ Flt Lt Hughes joined the RAF VR in May 1939 and converted onto Bristol Blenheims on August 17, 1940. He later joined 23 Squadron at Collyweston, near Stamford, Lincolnshire and subsequently transferred to 9 Squadron and then 149 Squadron which operated Vickers Wellington bombers.

Flt Lt Hughes was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and grew up in Northampton. After the Battle of Britain, he served in Malta, then Egypt. He was awarded his DFC in 1943.

He served the rest of the war as a gunnery instructor until 1946. Flt Lt William Hughes DFC leaves a son, Howard.

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