Reginald John HUGHES


HUGHES, Reginald John

Service Number: 422565
Enlisted: 22 May 1942, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units
Born: Forbes, New South Wales, 7 September 1918
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Marist Brother's College, Forbes
Occupation: Shop assistant
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Patricia Bay, British Columbia, Canada, 23 May 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada
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World War 2 Service

22 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 422565, Sydney, New South Wales
23 May 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 422565, Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AN142 swung while attempting landing with the starboard engine out, caught fire and burned out - (Information sourced by Doug Rollins)

"...the Hampden Bomber had a known design flaw - the twin rudders were too small and if the pilot tried to bank at slow speed it would “yaw”, slide sideways and often not recover." - Peter Brand

Other Crew members who perished in that accident;

418499 Sgt. Colin Lisle BISHOP (/explore/people/620142) - RAAF of Albury, New South Wales

420864 P/O Charles John DAVIS (/explore/people/625415) - RAAF of Bondi, New South Wales

1577871 Sgt. Alan Robert MARLOW - RAF of Kettering, Northamptonshire