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Rochford Hughes

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Died  September 17, 1996
Rank  Air marshal
Name  Rochford Hughes
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Battles/wars  World War II
Battles and wars  World War II
Years of service  1938–1969

Commands held  No. 511 Squadron Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough RAF Jever No. 19 (Reconnaissance) Group Far East Air Force
Awards  Order of the Bath, Order of the British Empire, Air Force Cross

Education  Waitaki Boys' High School

Air Marshal Sir Sidney Weetman Rochford Hughes KCB, CBE, AFC (25 October 1914 – 17 September 1996) was a British Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding Far East Air Force.

RAF career

Educated at Waitaki Boys' High School, Hughes was part of the editorial team at the New Zealand Herald from 1933. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1937 but was transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1938. He served in World War II mainly in the Middle East and North Africa; after being shot down, he was taken prisoner in 1941 by a group of Italian soldiers near Benghazi, although he later turned the tables and took 130 Italians prisoner himself. He became Officer Commanding No. 511 Squadron in September 1945. After the war, he served as Officer Commanding the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough before becoming Station Commander at RAF Jever in 1955. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 19 (Reconnaissance) Group in 1962 and Deputy Controller of Aircraft (RAF) at the Ministry of Aviation in 1964 before becoming Air Officer Commanding Far East Air Force in 1966 and retiring in 1969.

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Rochford Hughes Wikipedia


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