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1120984   Sergeant John Hughes
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 03/04/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 16/02/1916
Died: 16/06/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
John Hughes was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Hughes. He was born on 16th February 1916. He was one of at least seven children, all born in the Tobermore area. John served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two. By June 1944 Sergeant John Hughes was with 61 Squadron. On the evening of 15th June 1944, Sergeant Hughes, Wireless Operator on an Avro Lancaster (Serial Number ME783) took off from Skellingthorpe near Lincoln, on a night raid. The target was Chatellerault, in the north west of France. For an unknown reason the aircraft failed to return. All the crew died.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery
  St Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, 4
Grave Ref: Joint Grave 2-E-9-10
CWGC Casualty 2366716
Escoublac-la-Baule is 13 kilometres west of St Nazaire and the Cemetery is south-east of Escoublac and east of La Baule, and will be located behind the small airport. The cemetery is well signposted.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Tobermore Baptist Church - WW2 Roll of Honour Tobermore
2 Tobermore War Memorial - WW2 Tobermore
References and Links
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1 1911 census lists Hughes family Lists parents at house 4 in Moyesset, Tobermore, Londonderry
2 Photo of Sergeant John Hughes' grave
3 International Bomber Command Details of crew and crash
4 RAF Commands - ME783 Details of crew and crash
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant John Hughes' grave can be purchased here
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