The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. T P Pugh
Thomas Patrick Pugh of Farnborough, Hampshire was born in 1917 at Aldershot and educated at the Salesian College, Farnborough. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1937. He was posted to 11 FTS Wittering on 18th September and after completing his training he joined 103 Squadron at Abingdon.
Above L to R: F/Lt. DAC Crooks DFC, S/Ldr. J Munro, Pugh
In early July 1940 Pugh was with 263 Squadron at Grangemouth. It was equipped with the new Whirlwind twin-engined fighter in November 1940.
He commanded the squadron from August 1941 until February 1942 and was awarded the DFC (gazetted 21st October 1941), being then credited with two Ju88s and a Me109 destroyed on the ground. Pugh formed and then commanded 182 Squadron at Martlesham Heath
from 1st September 1942.
He was killed on 2nd August 1943 as an Acting Wing Commander with 182. On a Roadstead sortie Pugh broke off to attack a destroyer in Dunkirk harbour but was shot down by flak in Typhoon 1b EK395. He was not recovered and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 64.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner