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  Lockheed Hudson Mark III Serial Number A16-122  

38 Squadron

Former Assignments
14 Squadron
32 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number: 6051. Delivered on May 12, 1941 to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-28-LO Hudson serial number 41-23192. Delivered on May 12, 1941. Arrived in Australia at 1 Aircraft Depot on December 5, 1941.

Assigned to RAAF 14 Squadron on January 8, 1942. Next, assigned to 2AD to have Boulton Paul Turret fitted on February 9, 1942 and returned to the squadron on February 22, 1942.

Wartime History
Suffered an accident on April 29, 1942 when aircraft struck drain on landing and undercarriage collapsed. Afterwards repaired. On November 16, 1942 collided with the wingtip of Hudson A16-116.

On January 15, 1943 assigned to 32 Squadron. On May 23, 1943 assigned to 6 Squadron. On September 9, 1943 received by 7 Aircraft Depot (7 AD) and converted to a transport. On November 14, 1943 received by 38 Squadron. On January 6, 1944 assigned call sign VH-RBD.

On March 12, 1944 took off piloted by F/O O. L. Sands took off on a flight via Guilford to Exmouth Gulf in bad weather. This Hudson became missing in vicinity of Carnarvon, Western Australia at 1:00pm and belly landed after fuel exhaustion 21 miles north of Quongba Homestead. The crew was not injured in the landing.

On March 15, 1944 the Hudson was located by search aircraft and was later salvaged. On March 20, 1944 received by 17 Repair and Salvage Unit (17 RSU). On May 2, 1944 received by 4 Aircraft Depot (4 AD) for repair. On November 30, 1945 this Hudson was received at 2 Aircraft Depot (2 AD) for storage.

Postwar
On April 24, 1947 this Hudson was sold to Godden Board and Godden, Potts Point, NSW and delivered on August 7, 1947. Next, registered VH-AGX to Adastra Aerial Surveys on November 25, 1954.

Aircraft was converted from Mk IVA to Mk III with installation of Wright Cyclone engines. Transferred to Sepal Pty Ltd (an Adastra company) 29/06/62. Crashed on takeoff at Horn Island on December 22, 1973. Both crew escaped injury.

In 1976 acquired by Bob Eastgate, Melbourne VIC and named "Townsville Trader". Arrived at Point Cook, VIC ex for restoration on February 6, 1977. Tranferred to RAAF Museum in exchange for a number of Winjeels on November 29, 1996.

References
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-122
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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