Wing Commander Gordon Hughes DFC, DSO
May 4 1918 – June 10 2012
Wing Commander Gordon Hughes was one of the RAF’s outstanding photographic reconnaissance pilots, flying unarmed Spitfires and Mosquitoes deep into enemy territory.
In February 1943 he was appointed flight commander of the newly formed 540 squadron at RAF Benson. They operated the high flying Mosquito aircraft which enable the RAF to extend the range of photo reconnaissance operations.
His initial sortie was to recce Turin and then days later he was off to Berlin. Despite very heavy anti-aircraft fire he managed to complete seven runs over bomb damaged areas for the photo interpretators back home.
After his tour with 540 squadron he received promotion to Wing Commander and was Ops Officer of the well known 336(PR) Wing at San Severo in southern Italy.
His service career is too full to mention here but can be found in the obituaries section of the Daily Telegraph online.
His wife, Jayne died in 1996 after 50 years of marriage.
They have 3 surviving sons.
By kind permission of the RAF Photographers Association magazine ‘Flashback’