Hugh was born in Winnipeg on September 14, 1921 and completed his secondary school at United College in Winnipeg.
He enlisted in the RCAF on March 8, 1941 and did his ITS at Edmonton, then on to #8 EFTS (Tiger Moths), Sea Island (Vancouver), #3 SFTS Calgary were he received his Pilot Wing in January 1942.
He was posted to the UK in January 1942 and landed at Bournemouth. He was then posted to #6 (P) AFU, Little Rissington, Glos.; #5 FIS Perth, Scotland; Instructed at #4 EFTS and #28 EFTS,
#11 (P) AFU, Calveley, Cheshire; # 1655 MTU, Warboys. He was posted to #8 PFF Groups Fast Night Strike Force RAF at Wyton, Hunts
Most Memorable Operation
Flying a Mosquito aircraft on the night of September 15/16 1944, en route to Brunswick (target) at about 25,000ft. ran into a very violent cu-nimbus cloud in the vicinity of Leige. The aircraft was uncontrollable - broke up. The navigator was killed and he came down by parachute near Leige. Picked up by the US Army medics on the morning of September 17 and returned by the US evacuation system to the US hospital at Hereford, England. Transferred from there to a Canadian convalescent unit at Garnons, Hereford, and thence back to Canada as a medical repat. Sorry no heroics, just lucky.
England - 1943