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Boulton Paul Defiant N3399 - 25/09/1941

At 15:30 hours on the 25th September Flying Officer Dennis Lawrence Hughes (84913) and Sergeant Eric Claude Smith of No 256 Squadron flying Boulton Paul Defiant No N3399 crashed on landing at Speke. Flying Officer Hughes had held of to high then made a heavy landing causing severe damage to the aircraft, the crew were uninjured.

Flying Officer Hughes

Flying Officer Hughes

Flying Officer Hughes joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as an airman under training and was called up on the 1st September 1939 and upon completing his training was commissioned and posted in August 1940 to No 141 Squadron flying Defiant's at Dyce, he was posted to No 256 squadron which was forming at Catterick in December 1940. In early 1944 he was posted to No 239 squadron flying Mosquitos at West Raynham, was awarded the DFC in December 1944. He left the RAF in 1946 with the rank of Squadron Leader. 

Sergeant Smith who was born on the 16th February 1920 joined No 600 Squadron AuxAF at Hendon in November 1938 as a aircraft hand, he was called up on the 24th August 1939 and remustered as a airman under training, he was posted to No 256 squadron which was forming at Catterick in December 1940. He was  from the rank of Warrant Officer in April 1945 and remained in the RAF and retired from the RAF in June 1966 and moved to Australia were he died in 1992.

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