Hendrie, Andrew.


Kimber, 1st ed., 1983. 320 pp., photo-plates + maps & ills. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. During the Second World War squadrons such as No’s 220 and 407 held exceptional rates for operating Lockheed Hudsons on shipping strikes and Hudsons, for example from 269, 233 and 500 Squadrons engaged in anti-U-boat warfare. Beyond this the Hudson also covered meteorological flights, air-sea-rescue, photo-reconnaissance, transport, special operations involving dropping agents into France, supplying the Chindits in Burma, the besieged Malta, evacuation of personnel from the Japanese advance in the Far East, and so on. Hudsons were being scrambled in Battle Flights to intercept enemy aircraft before the Spitfires in the Battle of Britain. An airliner designed for people but adapted to carry bombs, Hudsons were used by the RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RDNAS, RNZAF, the USA, and USAAF, and some were allocated to the Trans-Atlantic Ferry, photo-reconnaissance and long range reconnaissance and pathfinder duties in the South Pacific. The author’s painstaking research provides a comprehensive record of the Hudson, and those who flew her, during the Second World War. It is a balanced account which also thoroughly documents the failure of Hudsons to have detected breakout of the German fleet in the ‘Channel Dash’ of February 1942.

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