Flight Sergeant John William Hughes (41436) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of John Bernard Hughes and Beatrice Maud Hughes. The family hailed from Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.
Flight Sergeant Hughes died on 13th July 1943 aged 27 years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with RAF No. 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit.
On 13th July 1943, he was a wireless operator and air gunner in Wellington Bomber HF838 taking off from RAF Limavady, Aghanloo Airfield, Co. Londonderry. Hughes and the remaining four crew members died when the plane came down near the Curley Burn river at Dickey’s Glen, Bolea.
John William Hughes’ grave is in Grave 3, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Limavady, Co. Londonderry. Fellow New Zealander John Gouinlock Anderson and Canadian Frederick Dick Butland died in the same incident. They are buried next to each other in Christ Church, Church of Ireland Churchyard, Drumachose, Co. Londonderry.