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The Australian War Memorial calls the Hudson RAAF’s workhorse – a description that feels about right. While the Boomerang and Spitfire captured the country’s imagination during WWII, the Hudson’s can-do attitude made it the more invaluable team-player. Simply put, it may be the most versatile aircraft RAAF has deployed.

Hudsons could transport troops and carry out patrols, but they were also adept as long-range bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. They could even be adapted to carry airborne lifeboats under their fuselage for air-sea rescue. While the type made its first flight in 1938, it served long after the war. In total, 2,941 were built worldwide, of which RAAF received 247 between January 1940 and May 1942 in several iterations.

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Comments (5)

  • I thought that the War Memorial’s Hudson was on display at Canberra Airport?

  • David B

    says:

    Fascinatingly, RAAF Hudsons actually attacked Japanese invasion shipping in Malaya hours before the attack was executed on Pearl Harbour.

    However because of the time difference (it was the 8th locally while it was still the 7th in Hawaii) it is often forgotten that these airmen were in action before the Sunday morning attack at Pearl Harbour.

  • Col.jones

    says:

    East-West Airlines used Hudsons to start the business. There is an example on display at Tamworth Airport.

  • Phil

    says:

    My father was a radio operator on Hudsons as a RAAF airman attached to RAF 500 Squadron.
    Very proud of him, though he rarely talked about it.

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Inside the Archive: Hudson

written by Tim Johnson | March 23, 2021

The Australian War Memorial calls the Hudson RAAF’s workhorse – a description that feels about right. While the Boomerang and Spitfire captured the country’s imagination during WWII, the Hudson’s can-do attitude made it the more invaluable team-player. Simply put, it may be the most versatile aircraft RAAF has deployed.

Hudsons could transport troops and carry out patrols, but they were also adept as long-range bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. They could even be adapted to carry airborne lifeboats under their fuselage for air-sea rescue. While the type made its first flight in 1938, it served long after the war. In total, 2,941 were built worldwide, of which RAAF received 247 between January 1940 and May 1942 in several iterations.

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Comments (5)

  • I thought that the War Memorial’s Hudson was on display at Canberra Airport?

  • David B

    says:

    Fascinatingly, RAAF Hudsons actually attacked Japanese invasion shipping in Malaya hours before the attack was executed on Pearl Harbour.

    However because of the time difference (it was the 8th locally while it was still the 7th in Hawaii) it is often forgotten that these airmen were in action before the Sunday morning attack at Pearl Harbour.

  • Col.jones

    says:

    East-West Airlines used Hudsons to start the business. There is an example on display at Tamworth Airport.

  • Phil

    says:

    My father was a radio operator on Hudsons as a RAAF airman attached to RAF 500 Squadron.
    Very proud of him, though he rarely talked about it.

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