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  Lockheed Hudson Mark IIIa Serial Number A16-245  
6 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 AD
13 Squadron
1 AD
5 AD

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February 24, 1943

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Andrew Wight 1995

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Bob Halstead 2007

Pilot  F/O Raymond Alfred Norman Kelly, 415152 (survived) Fremantle, WA
Crew  F/O Wilfred Albert Green, 406782 (survived) East Fremantle, WA
Crew  Sgt John Henry Burnell Clark, 411863 (WIA, survived) Leichhardt, NSW
Crew  Sgt Earnest Archie Prime, 416128 (survived) Murray Bridge, SA

Ditched  February 24, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed as RA-29. Manufacture Number 6498. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-37009. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number FH208 as Defense Aid.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson Mark IIIa A16-245. On May 20, 1942 assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD) at Richmond. On June 15, 1942 assigned to 13 Squadron and issued on June 29. On July 2, 1942 assigned 1 Air Depot (1 AD) and on July 6 assigned to 13 Squadron.

On October 8, 1942 during take off, the left engine failed and damage was sustained to the bomb bay doors and propeller blades. On October 22, 1942 assigned to 1 Repair Salvage Unit (1 RSU) for repairs and returned to 13 Squadron on November 19, 1942.

On December 21, 1942 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) and then to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) on January 31, 1943 then back to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) on February 8, 1943. Finally, on February 13, 1943 assigned to 6 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 24, 1943 one of three Hudsons that took off on a reconnaissance mission over New Britain and Bougainville. Returning from the mission, this aircraft experienced bad weather and ran short of fuel forcing it to ditch into Milne Bay at 2:26pm at roughly Lat 10' 15" South and Long 150' 51" East, west of East Cape.

Administratively, this Hudson was issued to 15 Repair Salvage Unit on March 3, 1943 and stricken from charge on March 15, 1943.

The same day, the site of the ditching was located and marked with a buoy, about a hundred meters from the shore. The aircraft landed upside down on a flat sandy bottom. Machine guns and ammunition are still inside the aircraft.

ADF Serials - Hudson A16-245

WW2 Nominal Roll - Raymond Alfred Norman Kelly
WW2 Nominal Roll - Wilfred Albert Green
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Henry Burnell Clark
WW2 Nominal Roll - Earnest Archie Prime

Winged Ghosts of the Pacific interview with Kelly and footage of underwater aircraft
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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