INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
|Lockheed A-28 (A-29)Hudson
(military version of Lockheed 14 Super Electra)
The Hudson was a conversion of the type 14 Super Electra transport built to the order of the British Government, and later supplied to Commonwealth and other services. The family developed from the Electra, through the Hudson, Lodestar, and Ventura, to the Harpoon. First flown in 1937, the Super Electra was a popular purchase with the airlines, and Howard Hughes flew one round the world in 1938. The Hudson production eventually reached 2941 aircraft in six marks and eight versions.
A-29 Re-engined A-28; lendlease to RAF, 416
A-29A Re-egined A29 all lednlease to RAF. 384
Hudson Mk I RAF designation for civil airliner
Hudson Mk II As Mk I, different propellers
Hudon III Modified I. Additional armamnt different engines
Hudson IIIA RAF design for A29/29A.480
Hudson IV As Mk III, engines. 130
Hudson Mk IVA
RAF designation for A28
Hudson VI RAF designation for A28A. 450 lendlease
The Fleet Air Arm possessed 4 aircraft ex RAF which were equiped for transport duties, one Mk III, two Mk IV and one Mk V. All were delivered to 781 and 782 sqaudrons, the first arriving in June 1944 (AM550). All were returned to RAF charge at 29MU between July and September 1945
The Hudson is recollected in FAA history for one well known crash, when Admiral Ramsey of WWII fame was killed. Aircraft AM 550 of 781X Flight crashed on take off on 2 January 1945 at its base at Tussus-le-Noble, killing the pilot Lt Cdr Sir GJE Lewis, PO DL Morgan and Admiral Ramsey, Cdr G Rowell and Lt D Henderson.
Battle Honours and Operational History
None with FAA
At least 6 Hudsons exist around the world, five were former RNZAF aircraft. Preserved examples are at the RAF Museum (UK), Ferrymead Aeronautical Society (NZ), RNZAF Museum (NZ), MOTAT (NZ), Mapua - in store (NZ), and the Aviator's Gallery Christchurch - RNZAF Museum(NZ).
RAF Museum (UK) Hudson MkIV
Ferrymead Aeronautical Society (NZ) Hudson NZ2035
Fuselage section RNZAF Museum Ohakea previously used as a shed
NZAF Museum (Christchurch, NZ) Lockheed Hudson GR.III NZ2031