Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: An RCAF Lockheed Hudson Mk.I light bomber. [Wikimedia]
Photo: [pre-1942] RCAF (expired Crown copyright)
BELOW: A preserved Lockheed Hudson at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum (NAAM), Canada.
Photo: 2009 'Plismo'.
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Lockheed Hudson / FH375
Aircraft Type Designation: Light bomber / coastal reconnaissance aircraft.
The American-built Lockheed Hudson was an adaption for military purposes of the Lockheed 14 Super Electra civilian aircraft. The Super Electra was the type used by Howard Hughes on his round-the-world trip, and by the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain on his flight to meet Hitler at Munich in 1938.
The Hudson was fitted with two Wright radial piston engines. Depending on the variant, the aircraft could be equipped with two forward-facing machine guns, two in the dorsal turret, and the ability to carry a 1,000 - 1,400lb bomb load.
The Hudson carried a crew of four (pilot, navigator, bomb-aimer, and radio officer / gunner).
The RAF intended the Hudson to be a replacement for the Avro Anson; and, initially, the Hudson was viewed as a fast and superior aircraft.
In addition to the RAF and USAAF, Hudsons were operated by the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF.
Aircraft Accident Details
Lockheed Hudson FH375 had taken off from RAF Stornoway and was flying in misty conditions over North Minch near North Harris; just south of Stornoway. However, during the flight, the aircraft descended too low and struck the hillside at Fiar-Chreag.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Those who died in this accident were the following:
Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
Crash Site Photo
NOTE: Wings, fuselage sections, engines, etc. remain at the crash site. The wreckage is on private land and in a very remote area. The undercarriage has been removed to Elvington, York (Yorkshire Air Museum). [Donald McLean]
BELOW: In 1942 a Lockheed Hudson bomber crashed in Southern Pairc close to Mul Thàgaraidh (Mulhagery). The bomber flew into the rocky hillside at Fiar-Chreag while flying in over the water in foggy weather.
NOTE: A more detailed account of this accident will become available during 2014 in David Earl's book, "Lost to the Isles", Volume 2.
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 31 July 1942
Access: Remote location with no roads or tracks in the immediate vicinity.
Nearest available roads: B8060 north of Loch Sealg leading to A859.
Region: Western Isles (North Harris, Outer Hebrides).
Nearest towns or villages:
Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh) (N)
Nearest large town: Stornoway
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Wings, fuselage sections, engines, etc. remain at the crash site. The wreckage is on private land and in a very remote area. The undercarriage has been removed to Elvington, York (Yorkshire Air Museum). [Donald McLean]
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Lockheed Hudson FH375
Fiar-Chreag, North Harris