Frederick Desmond Hughes (1919 - 1992):
Air Force officer
Desmond Hughes was born in Belfast and was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force and fought in the Battle of Britain, rising to the rank of wing commander during the Sec-ond World War. He received numerous military decorations for his ability as a night-fighter. In 1968 he became Commander of No.18 Group, Coastal Command. From 1970 to 1972 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell and from 1972 to 1974 was Deputy Commander of British Forces in Cyprus. He was awarded the CBE. He died near Lincoln.