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  Lochkeed Hudson Mark III Serial Number NZ2054  
RNZAF
3 Squadron

Pilot  Flight Sergeant Norman John Newall, 404401 (MIA / KIA) Nelson, NZ
Co-Pilot  Sergeant Albert Patrick Mahony, 413100 (MIA / KIA) Beckenham, Christchurch
Observer  Sgt Henry William Manfred Downard, 41315 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
WAG  Flt Sgt David George Newlands, 415910 (POW, / MIA) Canterbury, NZ
WAG  
Sgt Richard Talbot Andrew, 411289 (MIA / KIA) Hawke's Bay, NZ
Crashed  December 18, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. Constructors number 6613. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-37124. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number FH323. Disassembled and shipped overseas from the United States to New Zealand on Parrakoola.

Wartime History
On April 27, 1942 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Hudson NZ2054. Reassembled as Unit 13 at Harewood. During May 1942, assigned to 3 Squadron at Whenuapai Airfield and then Henderson Field. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 18, 1942 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal at 4:50am a patrol mission over enemy territory, and was not heard from again. The weather was good with 15/20 mile visibility and few scattered showers. It is unknown if this aircraft was lost to enemy fighters, anti-aircraft fire or other causes, presumed lost over Rekata Bay.

Search
Subsequent searches failed to find any trace of the aircraft or its crew. A USMC scout plane claimed to observe a crashed Hudson was shot down off Rekata Bay at 7:45.

On August 5, 1945, PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4051 piloted by Smith took off from Halavo Bay Seaplane Base and landed at Rekata Bay. Crew members went ashore with a rubber raft and search for this aircraft and the remains of the crew. The team determined this Hudson had crashed two miles from Suavana Point and located the wreckage, but none of the crew or their remains.

Jenny Scott adds:
"My father was on a team that took PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4051 to Rekata Bay on 5 August 1945 to search for remains of NZ2054. Dad told me they found the aircraft but there was no sign of any human remains in the aircraft. The only other piece of information that I remember dad saying was that a swath was still visible through the jungle which the a/c apparently cut as it crashed - from this and the nature of the diving equipment I don't imagine it was too far from shore or too deep. I have met with the Navigator on this trip, Graham Goss, and he agrees with this account."

Fates of the Crew
According to postwar accounts, three of the crew died in the crash. The others swam ashore and were captured by the Japanese. One was severely injured and died on the beach a few hours later and was buried near the scene of the crash. Newlands was transported via the Shortlands arriving at Rabaul during January 1943.

The prisoners were imprisoned at the Rabaul POW Camp and seen by two other prisoners who survived the war and related his story. Later during 1943, the prisoners were taken from the camp and never seen again, likely executed. No trace of any of the crew have ever been found.

Memorials
Newall, Mahony, Downard and Andrew were officially declared dead on December 18, 1942. Newlands was officially declared dead on September 1, 1943. All are memorialized on Burail Memorial at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery on panel 7.

References
CWGC - Norman John Newall
CWGC - Albert Patrick Mahony
CWGC - Henry William Manfred Downard
CWGC - David George Newlands
CWGC - Richard Talbot Andrew
RNZAF Accident to Hudson Aircraft NZ2054 - 18th December 1942
For your tomorrow: A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915
ADF Serials - Hudson NZ2054
Some sources list the date of this loss as December 19, 1942
Thanks to Jenny Scott for additional information

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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