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  Lockheed Hudson Mark III Serial Number A16-195  
RAAF
2 Squadron

Former Assignments
1 AD
5 AD
4 RSU

Pilot  S/Ldr Cyril Clarence Williams, 377 (MIA / KIA) Burwood, VIC
Gunnery Leader  F/O Robert C. Lindsey, 406218 (MIA / KIA) Nedlands, WA
Navigator  F/Lt Archibald M. Fowler, 685 (MIA / KIA) Bairnsdale, VIC
WAG  F/O Walter A. Hepworth, 406851 (MIA / KIA) North Maidstone, VIC
WAG  F/Sgt Donald C. Farmer, 416251 (MIA / KIA) Angaston, SA

MIA  July 9, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. Constructor Number 6459. U. S. Army serial number 41-36970. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number FH169. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia under defense aid consignment.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). On April 2, 1942 assigned to 1 AD. On May 24, 1942 assigned to 32 Squadron, but canceled due to engine trouble. On June 8, 1942 assigned to 5 AD.

On January 4, 1943 issued to 2 Squadron but first reissued to 1 AD for fuel tank installation then returned to 2 Squadron on January 15, 1943. On May 31, 1943 this aircraft was repaired by 4 RSU and returned to 2 Squadron. When lost, engine numbers 60278 and 59394. This Hudson was officially stricken on July 22, 1943.

Mission History
On July 9, 1943, one of four Hudsons that took off on mission HUG 7 on a bombing mission against Poeloeti Airfield. The other bombers included: Hudson A16-189, Hudson A16-235, Hudson A16-244.

Inbound to the target, Hudson A16-235 returned to base due to engine problems, and two of the Hudsons failed to locate the target due to a tropical storm and bad weather. This Hudson failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
In fact, this Hudson crashed near the summit of Mount Keknemo in West Timor, roughly 25 miles NNW of Soe. After the crash, Japanese forces visited the crash site and buried remains of the crew at the site.

Postwar, the wreck was located by a RAAF Searcher Team and the remains of the crew were exhumed and transported to Koepang Cemetery for burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew was permanently buried in collective grave 7. B. 10-14 at Ambon War Cemetery.

Relatives
S. C. (relative of Donald Craig Farmer)
"He was engaged for about one month prior to his death, to Bessie Ann Darby."

References
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-195
CWGC - Cyril Clarence Williams
CWGC - Archibald M. Fowler
CWGC - Robert C. Lindsey
CWGC - Walter A. Hepworth
CWGC - Donald C. Farmer

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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