RISING SUN TO SWASTIKA

LOCKHEED HUDSON

ANDREW THOMAS CHRONICLES TWO AUSTRALIAN HUDSON SQUADRONS’ OPERATIONS IN WIDELY SEPARATE THEATRES

WORLD WAR TWO

Until the Hudsons’ characteristic Boulton Paul gun turrets were fitted, aircraft such as these from 6 Squadron had a rather unsatisfactory cupola installed. RAAF

In 1938 the Royal Australian Air Force became the second customer, after the RAF, for the Lockheed Hudson, placing an initial order for 50 Twin Wasp-powered aircraft. The first, A16-1, arrived at 2 Aircraft Depot on February 9, 1940, and the type entered frontline squadron ser vice on April 1 that year.

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