Defiant Mk I Nightfighter
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I Nightfighter N1801 PS-B
264 Squadron, Frederick Hughes,1940.
After suffering heavy defeats against the enemy the Boulton Paul Defiant
was relegated to nightfighter duties, this was where it was to find
its greatest success. Still with 264 squadron Frederick Hughes flying
the Defiant and later the Bristol Beaufughter was to become the fourth
top RAF night fighting ace with 18.5 victories.
Initially Frederick Hughes was with 26 Squadron, but soon joined 264
Squadron flying Defiants in the Battle of Britain aged twenty one. He
partnered Sergeant Fred Gash who was his rear gunner and together they
made a deadly team.
On August the 26th 1940 they claimed two Dornier Do 17s but the Defiants
proved to be too vulnerable to face Messerschmitt Bf 109s, 264 Squadron
was converted to night operations. In December 1940 Hughes and Gash
claimed their first nightfighting victory. The next two kills came in
the spring of 1941. After that Hughes became one of few Defiant aces,
but contrary to his colleagues he did not stop scoring after the withdrawal
of the Defiant.
In June 1942 Hughes was posted to 125 Squadron as a flight commander.
There he scored one day victory while flying the Merlin engined Beaufighter
Mk. II and later another one day victory while flying a Beaufighter
Mk. VI F. Both kills were accompanied by radar operator Pilot Officer
In late 1942 Hughes and Dixon were posted to Africa to 600 Squadron.
There they scored nine more victories before they returned home. In
July 1944, after six months of staff duties, Hughes joined 604 Squadron
as its new CO. Now flying Mosquitoes he managed to score two more kills
over North Western Europe.
Scale 1:72 Wingspan 6.55" (116.5 mm)
Base size 7.71" (196 mm) square (No. 5)
Weight not including base 11 ozs (309 grams) Limited edition of 100 only