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  Lockheed Hudson Mark IVa Serial Number A16-129 Code FX-F
6 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 AD
13 Squadron
14 Squadron
32 Squadron
3 AD

Pilot  F/O Eric T. Rutherford, 403625 (survived) Sydney, NSW
Navigator/Bombardier  F/O J Blades, 403630 (survived)
WAG  F/O E M Couled, 407492 (survived)
WAG  F/O J. S. Childs, 405067 (survived)
Passenger  unknown U. S. Navy (survived)
Crash Landed  August 17, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructor Number 6058. On September 24, 1941 assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-28-LO Hudson serial number 41-23199. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of Defense Aid consignment on October 21, 1941.

Wartime History
On December 15, 1941 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson A16-129. On December 15, 1942 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD) and flight tested five days later. On December 28, 1941 assigned to No. 6 Squadron without a Boulton Paul turret and instead .303 machine guns in the engine cowling. On February 1, 1942 returned to 2 AD and on March 17, 1942 departed flying via Charleville and Cloncurry to Darwin. On April 5, 1942 left Darwin bound for Richmond where it was fitted with a Boulton Paul turret. On April 13, 1942 assigned to 13 Squadron and afterwards to 5 Air Depot (5 AD). On July 20, 1942 assigned to 14 Squadron.

On July 27, 1942 took off piloted by F/Lt Newstead with Sgt Lammerton, Sgt N. E. Grabbe and Sgt J. Perrin while landing at Pearce Airfield, hit an object adjacent to the runway threshold causing the left landing gear leg to break on landing and this Hudson slide along the runway damaging the left landing gear, left propeller, mainplane and flaps. The crew were uninjured in the crash.

Afterwards, repaired then transfered back to 14 Squadron. On February 3, 1943 assigned to 32 Squadron. On March 23, 1943 assigned to 6 Squadron. On April 2, 1943 to 3 Air Depot (3 AD) and had an ASV installed. On April 27, 1943 returned to 6 Squadron with code FX-F. No known nickname or nose art.

On August 17, 1943 took off from Narewa Airfield on Woodlark Island piloted by F/O E. T. Rutherford on an anti-submarine patrol. Aboard was an unidentified passenger. Returning in bad weather, while landing at Narewa Airfield collided with the flight line of eight Airacobras parked on the side of the runway including P-39K Airacobra 42-4275. Aboard, everyone was slightly injured in the crash. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off. On August 19, 1943 assigned to 10 Repair Salvage Unit (10 RSU). On September 14, 1943 officially stricken off charge and abandoned.

WW2 Nominal Roll - Graham Ross Newstead
WW2 Nominal Roll - Lammerton, 407484
WW2 Nominal Roll - N E Grabbe, 404755
WW2 Nominal Roll - J Perrin, 406869
WW2 Nominal Roll - Eric T. Rutherford
WW2 Nominal Roll - J Blades
WW2 Nominal Roll - E M Couled
WW2 Nominal Roll - J. S. Childs
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 80
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-129

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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