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    Default F/Lt John Hughes DFC, 25 Sqdn

    Does anyone have details on the death of the above officer with No.25 Squadron 07.12.1940.

    Thanks in advance.

    Smudger
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    "In the evening of the December 7 1940, flying from Wittering, Hughes and his crew of two, Sgt J R Friend, air gunner, and Sgt F Blenkham, radar operator, were detailed to check the blackout over Peterborough.

    During the patrol, the weather deteriorated and a bad storm developed. In very bad visibility, the Blenheim collided with an aircraft which had been training pilots in night landings at Peterborough aerodrome. Hughes' aircraft crashed in a field near Elton. He and Friend were killed and the Blenkham was seriously injured and did not fly again. All six men in the other aircraft were killed"

    From Men of the Battle of Britain. No serials or details of the other aircraft given.

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    From F K Mason's 25 Sqn history, 'Hawks Rising':

    ...killed in Blenheim L1235, flying from Wittering, which crashed during a blackout check over Peterborough. The pilot evidently lost control and crashed near Elton, Northamptonshire, the aircraft being extensively damaged...L1235 [was a] bomber, converted to fighter...'

    No mention of a collision (nor in the Air-Britain serials volume) nor of a third crew member. Also no likely match found in the crash sites list series in Air-Britain's 'Aeromilitaria' for an aircraft in which 'six men in the other aircraft were killed'

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    Errol, Amrit.

    Thank you both for your replies. Further investigation I think is required, at the NA Saturday so will have a nose at the No.25 Squadron ORB.

    Thank again.
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