Service number P.47885.
Hugh Wildsmith learned to fly before the war and joined the South African Air Force. In 1940 and 1940 he was an instructor. In July 1942 as flight commander of 2 SAAF Squadron, he got his first success in combat when he damaged a BF 109 flying a Kittyhawk himself. A few days later he shot down another BF 109. From September till december 1942 he claimed three more victories. From May 1944 until November 1944 he was Squadron Commander of No. 9 SAAF. But in December of that year he was admitted in hospital and died soon after the end of the war.
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