Important Notes


Some of 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.


Although 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.


  • RAAF Status Cards (Form E/E.88)
  • "Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913" Rene J Francillon
  • "British Military Aircraft Serials" Bruce Robertson
  • "U.S. Army Aircraft 1908-1946" James C Fahey


The 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 thirty-five years!

The Lockheed Era
Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal
  • Vol. XVI No. 3 July-August 1975
  • Vol. XVI No. 4 September-October 1975
  • Vol. XVI No. 5 November-December 1975
  • Vol. XVI No. 6 January-February 1976

Issue Date
4 28APR98

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