Lockheed Hudson


1/48 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III, 2 Squadron, Millingimbi, NT


by Graham Mahoney

 

Serial No
A16-211
A/C type
Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
Based at
2 Sqn. RAAF Millimgimbi, Northern Territory (Circa 1943)
Scheme RAAF Earth Brown (Lifecolor UA087) over Foliage Green (Gunze H302) upper surfaces and NATO Black (Tamiya XF-69)  undersurfaces.
History/Significance

A former veteran of the little known 32 squadron, 'The Tojo Busters', A16-211 had the distinction of serving all through the Milne Bay campaign and is shown here after transferring to 2 Sqn in 1943. The Hudson's nose markings, added in the overhaul at Wagga, New South Wales, indicated mast height attacks on a Japanese cruiser and a destroyer respectively. During the former incident, a head-on attack, the cruiser's barrage even included its main 8-in guns. 'The Tojo Busters' retained her black undersurfaces throughout her life which ended after a crash landing at Millingimbi, Northern Territory on 6th May 1943 as a result of enemy action over Taberfane, Aru Islands, Indonesia.

Kit
1/48 Classic Airframes Hudson Mk 1 converted to Australian Mk III and using Classic Airframes aftermarket Decals. Scratch built the carbie scoops on top of the engine cowlings as well as the oil coolers underneath and the whole exhausts. Aerial wire using EZ Line.
Reference
RAAF Colours Volume 1 – Geoff Pentland and images of the Temora Aviation Museum machine

 



 

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