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  Lockheed Hudson Mark III Serial Number A16-1  
RAAF
1 OTU

Former Assignments
1 Squadron

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RAAF 1940

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 1750. This Hudson did not have a U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number assigned. This Hudson was equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp SCE-Gs. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
On February 9, 1940 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson A16-1. On March 29, 1940 reassembled and test flown. On April 15, 1940 assigned to 1 Squadron.

On July 17, 1940 this Hudson suffered a landing accident when it overshot the runway landing at Seletar Airfield, damaging the left wing, engines, undercarriage and fuselage.

The next day, shipped back to Australia for repairs by Clyde Engineering and repaired by August 28, 1942. On August 31, 1942 assigned to 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU).

During late November 1942 until January 1943 operated from Ward Drome (5 Mile Drome) near Port Moresby as part of a special transport flight of fourteen aircraft for "an indefinite period for the purposes of transporting troops, arms and equipment to the forward battle areas" in support of the Australian Army advancing on Buna, Gona and Sanananda.

On December 15, 1942 took off from Port Moresby along with Hudson A16-36 and Hudson A16-127 on a mission to drop ammunition to Australian soldiers at at Soputa Airfield near Soputa.

On January 1, 1943 took off from Port Moresby piloted by Flt Ronald G. Cornfoot, 250630 on a supply drop "biscuit bombing" mission in New Guinea.

Postwar
On September 3, 1948 this Hudson was scrapped.

References
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-1
RAAF Status Card - Hudson A16-1
WW2 Nominal Roll - Ronald Graham Cornfoot

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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