The Hudson Transports


Hudson Radio Call Signs

On 6th January 1944, a number of RAAF Hudsons were allocated radio call signs. Despite the VH prefix, these aircraft did not appear on the civil register. The following call signs were derived from an examination of the Record Cards (Form E/E.88) for all 247 RAAF Hudsons. Hudson A16-120 is reputed to have been VH-RBC although no mention of this can be found on the Record Card. By the same token, there is no mention of VH-RBC having been allocated to any other Hudson, so the serial/call sign tie-up is probably valid. All of these Hudsons were Mk IVA.


RAAF SERIAL CALL SIGN
A16-113 VH-RBA
A16-115 VH-RBB
A16-120 VH-RBC
A16-122 VH-RBD
A16-124 VH-RBE
A16-131 VH-RBF
A16-134 VH-RBG
A16-147 VH-RBH
A16-148 VH-RBI




The Hudson Transports

RAAF SERIAL DATE
HISTORY
A16-113
VH-RBA
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBA.
. 29MAR44 Allotted 2 AD in lieu of 38 SQN.
. 04SEP44 Allotted 1 OTU ex 2 AD.
A16-115
VH-RBB
03SEP43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBB
. 01MAY44 Allotted 3 CU ex 7 AD for use by Radio Physics Laboratory.
. 12AUG44 Allocated for use by AOC Eastern Area.
. 16JUL45 Allotted 1 OTU ex 2 AD.
[See VH-BDN]
A16-120
VH-RBC
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 04SEP43 Proceeding Ward's Strip, New Guinea for use by General Blamey.
. 18NOV43 Allotted 1 CU for use by CAS.
[See VH-SML]
A16-122
VH-RBD
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBD.
. 14MAR44 Crashed.
[See VH-AGX]
A16-124
VH-RBE
01SEP43 Allotted 7 AD ex 37 SQN for transport conversion.
. 13OCT43 Allotted 38 SQN ex 7 AD.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBE.
. 23DEC44 Allotted 2 AD for movement of cylinder heads.
. 08SEP45 Allotted 1 CU ex 2 AD for VIP use.
A16-131
VH-RBF
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBF.
. 20APR44 Allotment to 38 SQN cancelled.
. 29MAR44 Allotted 2 AD.
. 16AUG44 Allotted 1 OTU ex 2 AD.
A16-134
VH-RBG
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBG.
. 03JUN44 Allotted 1 OTU ex 38 SQN.
A16-147
VH-RBH
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 12NOV43 Allotted 1 CU in lieu of 38 SQN for use by CAS.
. 10DEC43 Allotted 38 SQN.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBH.
. 14JUN44 Allotted 1 OTU.
[See VH-BIH]
A16-148
VH-RBI
24AUG43 Allotted 7 AD ex 6 SQN for transport conversion.
. 24AUG43 Allotted 38 SQN on completion.
. 06JAN44 Allocated call sign VH-RBI.
. 14JUN44 Allotted 1 OTU ex 38 SQN.


All of the transport Hudsons, with the exception of A16-124 (37 SQN), were drawn from 6 SQN and most were allotted initially to 38 SQN at Richmond, NSW. (These common allotments are highlighted in blue). All were modified at 7 AD at Tocumwal, NSW. On completion of their transport duties, the majority were allotted to 1 OTU at East Sale, VIC.

It should be noted that the above table uses dates of allotment as opposed to dates of receipt. This is to facilitate the identification of patterns in the histories of the Hudson transports.


Issue Date
2 08JUN98




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