Hendrie, Andrew.


Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1999. 192 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. 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. Detailed appendices cover U boats Sunk or Damaged in Attacks by Hudson Aircraft ; Ships Sunk or Damaged by Hudson Aircraft ; RAF Serial Numbers ; RAAF Hudsons ; RNZAF Hudsons ; Lockheed Hudsons with American Designations ; Technical Data. Illustrated with maps and photographs.

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