Pilot Officer John Connolly Pugh

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Reference WMO/299515


Village Green

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Unknown
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: This record is based on IWM Register 32846 but it is clear from google street view that the memorial described therein has been replaced. It was formerly a plaque on a freestanding two-legged frame, but has now a plaque attached to the immediately adjacent wall. It is not clear whether it is the original plaque. The inscription below is from the original plaque as quoted by IWM.
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PRO PATRIA/ Near the village of Dilwyn on 21st May 1940, Pilot Officer John Connolly Pugh, RAF,/ selflessly gave his life to save that of another./ P.O. Pugh's Supermarine Spitfire fighter, P9517, suffered an engine malfunction and/ the young pilot sought to force land his aeroplane, thus saving a very valuable fighting/ machine from destruction./ Despite thick black smoke from the engine seriously reducing his visibility, P.O. Pugh/ made an excellent effort in setting up a forced landing in a field./ At the last moment, through the smoke, P.O. Pugh saw a farm worker, Mr Leonard/ Deakin, in his path and immediately swerved to avoid a collision. P9517 struck two oak trees/ and the twenty year old pilot was killed in the subsequent crash. Eyewitnesses have since/ described P.O. Pugh's bravery as “Remarkable”./This memorial was dedicated on the 20th August 1988, unveiled by the pilot's brother Sqn./ Ldr RM Pugh AFC RAF (Ret'd) and erected by “The Malvern Spitfire Team” and Dilwyn Parish/ Council./ WE WILL REMEMBER HIM.

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