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    Default F/Sgt John George Lawrence Hughes - 948182 - 26 Sqd - Died 22/7/44

    Hi again,

    More information as my now normal entry concerning the above airman:-

    Where based;

    Aircraft flown;

    Serial No and Code;

    Possible crash site.

    Cheers and thanks.

    Steve.

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    Hello Steve

    Spitfire Vs BL638, AA850 and W3314 collided at Old Alresford Hants killing Hughes (BL638), B Lees 125534 (AA850) and Adams HW 118559 (W3314). At this time the squadron was based at Lee on Solent and was involved in spotting for naval guns.

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    Just to add to DaveW's post from

    http://www.holum.net/gen/pilots-talk.htm

    "On this day 2 pairs of Spitfire Vb's of 'B' flt took off from Lee-on-Solent on a training pairs and deflection exercise,
    The first pair consisted of F/L Harold William Adams RAF(VR) 118559 age 23 from Belfast,NI in Spitfire W3314 and F/L Bernard Lees GM RAF(VR) 125534 age 26 from Norwich in Spitfire AA850. The second pair followed being F/Sgt John Geoffrey Lawrence Hughes RAF(VR) 948182 age 22 from East Hazeldean in Spitfire BL638 and F/L John Geoffrey Bertram Hartley RAF 44134.
    The first pair engaged F/Sgt Hughes in an unauthorised attack who along with F/L Hartley turned to port, but W3314 and AA850 collided with BL638.
    F/L Hartley witnessed an a/c going down with part of its wing missing and two more a/c burning on the ground. All three pilots were killed and their Spitfires burnt out (Cat E) near Old Alresford,Hampshire.
    The subsequent inquiry found that a general state of bad flying discipline was the cause but F/Sgt Hughes was cleared of all blame.
    So ended a sad episode in the story of 26 sqn.
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    Default F/Sgt John George Lawrence Hughes - 948182 - 26 Sqd - Died 22/7/44

    Hi Amrit/Dave.

    Another entry for my records, excellent, thanks very much. Lee on Solent brings back memories, as an ex naval rating myself visited Lee a few times and it was always a busy airfield. I think helicopters of the Coastguard Service are or were based there but not so sure now.

    Cheers lads. Appreciated.

    Steve.

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