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 Lockheed Hudson

RAAF Service
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ordered an initial batch of 50 Twin Wasp-powered Hudsons in late 1938.

 Hudsons served with the following RAAF squadrons: Nos. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14,23, 24, 25, and 32 Squadrons. as well as with the No. 1, 3, 4, and 6 Communications Units, No; 1 Operational Training Unit, No. 1 Rescue and Communication Unit, No. 2 Air Ambulance Unit, and the RAAF Survey Flight. 

The last Hudson was phased out of RAAF service in 1949.

Serial    A16-31  c/n 1882   Delivered 9 March 1940  Remarks Damaged in landing accident 15 May 1940. Served with 14 Squadron, Converted to spare parts. Photo & details from Brian Hair
(Lockheed Hudson Mk I)

DESCRIPTION: General Reconnaissance Bomber with 5 crew. All metal stressed-skin construction.

POWER PLANT: Two 1,050 hp Pratt and Whitney Wasps, or two 1,100 hp Wright Cyclones.

DIMENSIONS: Span, 65 ft 6 ins; length, 44 ft 4 ins; height, 11 ft 101/2 ins.

WEIGHTS: Empty, 12,000 lb; loaded, 17,000 lb.

PERFORMANCE: Max speed, 246 mph. Climb, 1,200 ft/min. Endurance, 6 hrs. Service ceiling 22,000 ft.

ARMAMENT: Fixed forward twin 0.303 guns, twin 0.303 guns in dorsal turret, and one 0.303 gun in ventral position. Provision also for two 0.303 guns in beam positions. Bomb load, 750 lb.

some detail from RAAF Museum


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