|N.7334 Hudson - 3 March 1940||Hello to everyone.
This is my first post and I would appreciate any help as I am a novice at research into WW2 RAF
I was recently handed a newspaper article from the Gravesend Reporter 9 March 1940 which reported an incident of an RAF aircraft being shot down by our own side. This is not my normal area of research.
All of the following information has come from the web in one way or another - I can provide the links for those interested. I have written it up as one piece and this is what I have so far.
On the 3 March 1940 Hudson N.7334 was tasked with an operation to photograph RAF airfields as part of the recently formed Photographic Development Unit (PDU). This secret unit was part of a quickly evolving experimental photographic reconnaissance group that had been set up by Sidney Cotton on 22 September 1939 and named the Heston Flight after the civilian airfield that it operated from in Hounslow. The Heston Flight, as part of 11 Group Fighter Command, was re-named No.2 Camouflage Unit on 1 November 1939. On 5 November a separate unit was formed and named Special Survey Flight which was sent to France where it operated successfully developing techniques of photographic reconnaissance over enemy territory. By 17 January 1940 the whole unit had been re-named PDU and changed from experimental to fully operational.
The aircraft used for the mission was the first of a number of recently acquired American built Lockheed Hudson twin-engine and twin-rudder airplanes installed with a camera and with the rear gun turret not fitted. It was painted with a camouflage marking scheme that was different to the usual RAF pattern which would have dire consequences for the four man crew.
The pilot was 28166 Flying Officer Sydney Dennis “Slogger” Slocum who was 29 years of age and had joined the RAF in 1929 serving for five years before leaving to become a commercial pilot for British Airways. On the outbreak of war he re-joined the RAF and was based in Scotland, described as “carefree and in a class of his own,” he would sneak away to carry out flights for Sidney Cotton’s experimental flight at Heston, eventually his C/O got tired of this and he was posted to PDU.
Born 24 December 1911 in Harlesden he was the youngest son of Henry and Emily Slocum and had two brothers Dave and Frank and a sister Kathleen. Educated at Cricklewood Haberdashers School he was a keen sportsman he excelled in cricket, rugby and boxing holding the middle-weight championship title whilst in the RAF. He lived in a small country cottage in Micheldever, Hampshire and was a keen Gardner.
Co-Pilot was 740945 Sergeant John Anthony Mawson Reid who was aged 23 he was born on 4 May 1917 and had worked as a commercial pilot for BOAC from 1938 and joined the RAF on the outbreak of war. On 21 December 1939 while flying in a Hampden of 44 Squadron returning from a sortie along the coast of Norway the aircraft was attacked by Spitfires of 6 ....Read More.||Invicta on 19th November 2013 07:16:08|
|N.7334 Hudson - 3 March 1940||FYI - Andrew had also uploaded an album with the images . he probably didnt get the links to work to post it..
N7334 Album ....Read More.||Jagan on 20th November 2013 02:59:53|
|N.7334 Hudson - 3 March 1940||I am told that the shooting down of Hudson N7334 of 2 Cam Unit gets a mention in Sidney Cotton’s book (He of the PDU) , this I presume is “Aviator Extraordinary: The Sidney Cotton Story.” by Sidney Cotton [as told to Ralph Barker]. London: Chatto & Windus, 1969. ISBN 0-7011-1334-0.
If anyone has a copy I would be interested to hear to what detail the event is covered.
Ian ....Read More.||ian94avenge on 22nd November 2013 04:17:05|