Adams, Hugh Charles (1918-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Hugh Charles Adams (1918-1940), born in Nottingham on 16 April 1918, son of John Coker Adams (barrister-at-law) and Grace Adams (née Clough) of Chaddleworth, Berkshire, formerly of Meadow Green, Welwyn Garden City.
Attended Cheam School, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) September 1932-December 1936; House Prefect; 2nd XI (1936); 1st Class Gym; Gym Squad (1935-36).
Engineering. Lived at Chathill Cottage, Lower Tanbridge Lane, Oxted, Surrey.
WW2, Pilot Officer 85645, Royal Air Force (his commission was gazetted on the day he was killed). He joined the RAFVR in January 1938 and was called up on 1 September 1939. After completing his training, in May 1940 he joined 501 Squadron as a Sergeant-Pilot. He was flown to France, with other squadron personnel, in a Bombay transport on 11 May 1940. The aircraft crashed when it landed at Betheniville. Adams was among those injured and sent home. He rejoined 501 Squadron on 17 July 1940.
Killed in action on 6 September 1940, aged 22, during the Battle of Britain when, during a patrol, he was shot down at 9.00hrs over Ashford, Kent. His aircraft, Hurricane V6612, crashed at Clavertye, near Elham, Kent.
Buried on 11 September 1940 at Tandridge (St Peter) Churchyard, Surrey www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2435984/ADAMS,%20HUGH...
Inscription on his headstone: 'FOR MEN LIKE THESE THANKS BE TO GOD'.
Battle of Britain London Monument www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/AdamsHC.htm
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Hugh Charles Adams, Sergeant-Pilot, R.A.F., was killed in action during the Battle of Britain, in September 1940, a few days after shooting down his first enemy plane. At School he was a member of the 1st XV, in spite of the handicap of a recurrent leg injury.'
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