Air Commodore (Retired) Peter Hughes CBE DFC visited RAF Lossiemouth recently to reminisce about his career in the Royal Air Force and meet current members of the service.
Peter paid a visit to the Station’s Heritage Facility and 1(Fighter) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth to see how the modern Royal Air Force protects UK airspace, to discuss his experiences during WWII, and to discuss the changes since he left the RAF.
A career serviceman, during WWII Peter served with 489 Squadron, part of Coastal Command, based at RAF Leuchars. The Squadron’s mission was to disrupt the enemy’s communications in the North Sea and along the Norwegian Coast. Peter was taken prisoner in August 1944 and interred at Stalag Luft III for ten months. He was also Station Commander at Tangmere, Sussex and also in Singapore. An experienced pilot, he flew Spitfires, Hudsons, and Beaufighters, amongst others, as well as being an instructor.
Sgt John Le Huquet showed Peter and his wife Jessie around the Heritage Facility at RAF Lossiemouth, he said:
“It was very interesting to meet Peter, a man who lived through such a significant part of our history. It was an honour to have him visit RAF Lossiemouth.”