Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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03/04/2020 The CWGC record Sergeant (Wireless Operator) John Hughes as the son of Thomas and Charlotte Hughes of Tobermore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
03/04/2020 The 1911 census lists Johnís parents living at house 4 in Moyesset, Tobermore. Thomas was a farmer.
03/04/2020 John Hughes was born on 16th February 1916. He was one of at least seven children, all born in the Tobermore area.
03/04/2020 Known family: Thomas Hughes, Charlotte Hughes, Annie Hughes (born 22nd July 1909), James Hughes (born 25th October 1910), Maggie Hughes (born 23rd January 1913), Thomas Hughes (born 25th September 1914, died 1st November 1914), John Hughes (born 16th February 1916), Thomas Hughes (born 18th May 1917), Robert Hughes (born 4th September 1919).
03/04/2020 John Hughes served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two.
03/04/2020 By June 1944 Sergeant John Hughes was with 61 Squadron.
03/04/2020 On the evening of 15th June 1944, Sergeant Hughes, Wireless Operator on an Avro Lancaster (Serial Number ME783) took off at 20:27 from Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln, on a night raid. The target was Chatellerault, in the north west of France.
03/04/2020 For an unknown reason the aircraft failed to return. Two different sources have the aircraft shot down or hit by bombs being dropped from above. All the crew died, they were:
03/04/2020 Sergeant (Wireless Operator) John Hughes was killed in action on 16th June 1944.
03/04/2020 John Hughes was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Hughes. Thomas Hughes and Charlotte Nelson were married on 16th February 1909 in the district of Magherafelt.
03/04/2020 Sergeant John Hughes is commemorated locally on the memorial in Tobermore Baptist Church and on Tobermore War Memorial.
03/04/2020 Flying Officer Basil Alfred CLACK (152041) Navigator
03/04/2020 Sergeant Gordon Victor FOYLE (1853072) Air Gunner
03/04/2020 Pilot Officer Edmond Jack GOODYER (424451) Pilot
03/04/2020 Sergeant John HUGHES (1120984) Wireless Operator
03/04/2020 Flying Officer Ernest JONES (152737) Air Bomber
03/04/2020 Sergeant Ernest Frederick PRICE (1866332) Air Gunner
03/04/2020 Sergeant Willie STOVOLD (2211352) Flight Engineer
03/04/2020 Sergeant John Hughes is buried in a joint grave with the crew in Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery, west of Nantes on the west coast of France. His inscription reads: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
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