The Drop of Lt Alfred HUGHES
The circumstances of the drop, and the events leading to Lieutenant HUGHES’ death are not known.
He was intended to drop into D.Z. ‘V’, varaville which was the dropping zone for the 9th Para Battalion.
There are two possibilities for his drop at Saint Vaast en Auge:
-1- like Major POPE’s aircraft, the pilot perhaps made a mistake.
-2- like Sergeant LA CROIX, the aircraft was perhaps hit by the Flak…
We haven’t been able to find another para of the same stick to confirm.
There were several 9th Para Bat. casualties in the Saint vast En Auge vicinity:
6008541 CSM Albert DAVIES aged 32
6216556 Pvte George WHITE aged 21
4801546 Pvte Douglas HARNESS aged 24
14410471 Pvte Kenneth LITTLE aged 19
They were probably with Lieutenant Alfred HUGHES on that fateful night.