Lockheed Hudson FH375

Fiar-Chreag, North Harris

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: An RCAF Lockheed Hudson Mk.I light bomber. [Wikimedia]

 

a Lockheed Hudson in flight viewed from above

 

Photo: [pre-1942] RCAF (expired Crown copyright)

 


 

BELOW: A preserved Lockheed Hudson at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum (NAAM), Canada.

 

a preserved Lockheed Hudson

 

Photo: 2009 'Plismo'.

 

Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license [Wikipedia]

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

wreckage at fiar-chreag.

 

Photo: ©  Copyright JJM and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 

 

 

Click this link for another crash site photo. (External website.)

 

 

 

 

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

 

Accident Site:

Fiar-Chreag [photo] [map]

 

Access: Remote location with no roads or tracks in the immediate vicinity.
Accessible by small boat to Mol Chada Ghearraidh and Mul Thàgaraidh [map here].

 

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]

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: FH375

Operator: RAF (Coastal Command; 500 (County of Kent) Squadron.)

Operating Station: RAF Stornoway.

Station Location: Stornoway, North Harris, Western Isles.

Current Airport Status: Operational civil airport.

Current Airport Name: Stornoway Airport.

 

 

 

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