the serial numbers (MSN & USAAF) in the accompanying tables
were derived by extrapolation against known serials. In all
instances, known serial numbers were able to be "accommodated"
by the extrapolation process. Serial numbers so derived are
marked with an asterisk.
it is tempting to imagine that A16-143 was the next aircraft
in the sequence (ie msn 6072), the record card for this aeroplane
indicates that it was a "Mark Four" received from the RAF on
29MAR43, whereas A16-142 and A16-144 were received from Lockheed
on 26DEC41. Although the cards for A16-142 and A16-144 show
the msn and USAAF serial which have been used in the accompanying
table, the card for A16-143 does not record any previous identity.
It is probable that A16-143 was one of the RAF’s AE609-638 block.
(See also A16-222 which was ex AE488). What then became of msn
6072? Presumably it was written off before delivery.
Status Cards (Form E/E.88)
Aircraft Since 1913" Rene J Francillon
Military Aircraft Serials" Bruce Robertson
Army Aircraft 1908-1946" James C Fahey
pages of The Lockheed File describing civil Hudson
operations draw heavily on Geoff Goodall's series of articles
entitled The Lockheed Era which appeared in the Journal
of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia. These excellent
articles constitute a comprehensive history of the Lockheed
twins in Australia and are highly recommended for further
reading. I extend my sincere thanks to Geoff and to Chris
O'Neill for nurturing my Hudson obsession over the last
The Lockheed Era
Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal
XVI No. 3 July-August 1975
XVI No. 4 September-October 1975
XVI No. 5 November-December 1975
XVI No. 6 January-February 1976
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