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  Lockheed Hudson Mark II Serial Number A16-69  
2 Squadron

Pilot  WgCdr Joshua Roger Gray McDonald, 86 C. O. 13 Squadron (MIA / KIA) Brighton Beach, VIC
Crew  F/O Ralph Henry Pope, 829 (MIA / KIA) Waikerie, SA
Crew  Sgt Wallace Roy Foreman, 400173 (MIA / KIA) Oakleigh, VIC
Crew  Sgt Walter John Nagel, 406460 (MIA / KIA) Mount Lawley, WA
Crashed  December 10, 1941 at 5:45am

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1922. Disassembled and shipped oversea to Australia as part of Defense Aid consignment.

Wartime History
On March 30, 1940 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson serial number A16-69 and reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On June 24, 1940 assigned to 13 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

On May 26, 1941 took off with a crew including F/O R G Cornfoot, F/O O R MacDonald, Sgt H R Humrick, 404211 and LAC J Currie, 8813 while landing at Darwin Airfield, this Hudson ground looped when the starboard brake seized. The crew was not injured in the crash. Afterwards, repaired.

On July 22, 1941 while being towed, suffered panel damage. Afterwards, repaired.

On September 13, 1941 assigned to Darwin HQ for use on a tour of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Afterwards on September 20, 1941 returned to 13 Squadron. On November 15, 1941 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) then returned to 13 Squadron seven days later.

Mission History
On December 10, 1941 at approximately 5:40am took off from Darwin Airfield piloted by WgCdr Joshua R. G. McDonald on a mission. After take off, observed to loose control at an altitude of 400' and spun into the sea and burst into flames at 5:45am. This Hudson crashed at roughly Lat 3°  49' S and Long 127°  58' E. The accident was attributed to McDonald reducing speed to 95 knots with flaps down so that two other aircraft could form up with his plane.

The entire crew as officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at the Ambon Memorial at Ambon War Cemetery. McDonald on column 7. Pope on column 8. Foreman on column 9. Nagel on panel 10.

During early 1942, McDonald Airfield was named "McDonald Airfield" in honor of Wing Commander Joshua Roger Gray McDonald.

CWGC - Joshua Roger Gray McDonald
CWGC - Ralph Henry Pope
CWGC - Wallace Roy Foreman
CWGC - Walter John Nagel
World War Two Nominal Roll - Joshua Roger Gray McDonald
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-69
RAAFDB - Hudson A17-69

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Last Updated
December 12, 2023

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