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  Lockheed Hudson Mark IIIa Serial Number A16-134  
RAAF
2 AD
6 Squadron
32 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. Constructor Number 6063. Assigned USAAF serial number 41-23204. Delivered to the RAAF to 2AD on December 15, 1941 and test flown on December 21, 1941. Assigned to 6 Squadron on December 24, 1941.

Wartime History
On February 1, 1942 departed Garbutt Field near Townsville and flown to 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On March 22, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 7:34am on a reconnaissance mission over Lae Airfield with Hudson A16-169. Over the target both were attacked by A6M2 piloted by Yamazaki and A6M2 piloted by Kikuchii. Both Zeros were hit by defensive machine gun fire and crash. Afterwards, this Hudson required repairs from enemy action until March 26, 1942.

On April 2, 1942 assigned to 32 Squadron. Next to 5AD on April 6, 1942 then 13 Squadron on September 18, 1942. Then 1 RSU on November 12 and returned on the 28 to 13 Squadron. Next to 3AD on January 5, 1943 and 6 Squadron on April 9, 1943. Afterwards to 7AD to 6 Squadron on September 10 to be modified as a C-63. Afterwards to 38 Squadron on November 7, ferried to Tocumwal Airfield by C. O. Squadron Leader C. C. Forman of the RAF.

On February 16, 1944 this Hudson was fitted with dual controls and was transferred to 1OTU on June 10, 1944 and used for special duty with 1 Communication Unit, ferrying around British Air Mission fitted with eight passenger seats.

At the end of the war, issued to 2AD for storage on November 29, 1945 and used for Bush Fire Patrols by 1OTU then placed in storage on March 1, 1946 and offered for disposal on July 28, 1946 and sold to D. G. Stuart, Cremorne on September 24, 1947 for £100 and collected on August 16, 1948.

References
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-134

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Last Updated
February 3, 2018

 

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