LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant Eric HUGHES

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: 2375 (Australian Army)
Born: Eidsvold QLD, October 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 28 October 1915
Unit: 77th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: Aircraft Accident, Scotland, 14 November 1917, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Edinburgh (Comely Bank) Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Mr. R. and Mrs. E. Hughes, of Woongarra Street, West Bundaberg, Queensland. Born at Eidsvold, Queensland
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 16 March 1917, Second Lieutenant Hughes resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

During bombing practice on 14 November 1917, BE2e aircraft B4011 flown by Second Lieutenant Hughes collided in the air with Sopwith Camel aircraft B6262 flown by Second Lieutenant Hilliard Mark Armstrong RFC (from Markdale, Ontario, Canada) and both pilots were killed.  B4011 caught fire when it struck the ground.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HUGHES E 2375
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 274854, 140630

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