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    Default Sergeant Gordon Allan Hughes

    Flight for June 22nd 1939 recorded that Sergeant Gordon Allan Hughes had died in the Woolwich hospital as the result of injuries received in an accident which occurred in Essex. Perhaps significantly, the normal closing words “to an aircraft of xx squadron” are not included. If the accident was an aircraft crash, a possible candidate is Gauntlet K7822 which is noted in the first edition of the A-B “K serials” as 17 Sqn. “Crashed on landing, North Weald 6.6.39”.

    Can anybody provide confirmation or further information?

    Many thanks

    Dave Molyneux

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    Default Sergeant Gordon Allan Hughes

    Hi Dave,

    Sometimes it is worth checking the A2A site, there may be a coroner's report on there for this accident. Unfortunately, not all the records from different archives are on there, but you might be lucky.

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    Ann

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    Only thing I would add it later Air Britain K-File says "Pilot killled"

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    I am sure it was Gauntlet K7822 Times 10th June 1939 says

    "The Air Ministry announces that No. 740233 Sergeant Gordon Allan Hughes has died in Woolwich Hospital as the result of injuries caused in an accident which occured in Essex. Sergeant Hughes was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft"

    Flight says he died June 7th

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    Default Sergeant Gordon Allan Hughes

    Ann, Paul

    Thanks for the information, problem solved.

    I have noted your suggestion regarding Coroner reports - this is an area I am not familiar with but when time permits I may get involved with.

    David Molyneux

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    Confirmed
    Saturday 10 June 1939 , Evening Telegraph , Angus, Scotland


    YOUNG PILOT'S FATAL ERROR OF JUDGMENT
    An error of judgment while landing aeroplane at night at
    North Weald Aerodrome Essex, caused the deah of 'RAF
    Volunteer reserve pilot. Gordon Alan (sic) Hughes (22).
    a sergeant pilot of Carlm..-, Road, West Southbourne,
    Bournemouth
    At the inquest at Lewisham, was attached to No. 17 Squadron
    A was described by his Flight Lieutenant as one of the
    best Volunteer reservists they Squadron Leader
    Cyril W. Dais said Hughes went up night flying in a
    single seater Gloucester Gauntlet.
    When at 800 feet, while descending, he did a left hand
    circuit and in turning into the wind appeared to lose a little height.
    Witness did not think he realised this and he struck
    the ground just outside the aerodrome at about 250 feet
    short of the flare which had been lit. He struck a hedge
    and ditch which turned the machine upside down. A verdict of' accidental death was returned.

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