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    Default Hudson Loss 27-12-42

    Looking for the serial of a Hudson of 233 Squadron which was lost on the 27-12-42. The crew, Sgt's Greaves, Brown, Evans and Griffin were all lost. Believed to have been shot down in a combat with a U Boat?

    Any help gratefully received.

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    Kevin Mears.

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    Hi Kevin,

    Hudson FH426.

    Op: Search, Took Off Gibraltar North Front at 07:45 hrs.

    Sgt J S Greaves
    Sgt E Brown
    Sgt J J Griffin
    Sgt E V Evans

    Took off for a U-Boat hunt but failed to return. Sgt Evans is buried in Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Sgt Greaves and Sgt Griffin are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial and Sgt Brown on the Malta Memorial.

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    Ross

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    Kevin

    Nothing in the U-boat archive for attack by this aircraft.

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    U-73 claimed a Hudson on that date, shot down while attacking the U-boat.

    Hope this helps,

    Bruce

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    Thanks to all for the extremely helpful responses.

    The attack recorded by U-73 on a 500 Squadron Hudson on the same date is interesting. Piloted by a J Plugh, the aircraft ditched and all survived. Would anyone please be able to provide the serial to this aircraft, believed to have been coded 'M'?

    All this interest is due to a photo and caption of an engine at the Museum in Madrid. This was posted on another forum I frequent. If the Administration will allow, I will add the link to that particular thread below.

    http://forum.planetalk.net/viewtopic.php?t=5550&postdays=0&postorder=asc&star t=0

    Thanks again for all the help.

    Regards,

    Kevin Mears

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    Default Hudson - 500 Sqn - 27-12-1942

    Kevin,
    Have only one Hudson of 500 Sqn lost 27-12-1942 and probably shot down while attacking a sub. This was Hudson V - serial AM689. Crew all on the Malta Memorial.
    F/Lt D.V. VARIAN - 89330
    Sgt E. WALKER - 1262359
    Sgt R.T. SOUTHCOTT - 932503
    Sgt F. McKENDRICK - RAAF 403201.

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    I've reopened this discussion back on the original PlaneTalk forum where it first started:

    http://forum.planetalk.net/viewtopic.php?t=5550&postdays=0&postorder=asc&star t=0&sid=879002c4ef2818d9e16d76ebdce7f5ad

    ...and have made it a topic in its own right there:

    http://forum.planetalk.net/viewtopic.php?t=10626

    ...and here I was advised to take a look at The National Archives of Australia, as their records are very thorough ... F/Lt Desmond Victor Varian had an RAAF Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Sergeant Fletcher MCKENDRICK (403201), on board when his 500 (County of Kent) Squadron Hudson MkV 'W' was lost on 27th December 1942 ... and the NAA give his Hudson the serial Number: AM 689!

    Does anyone here have any thoughts about this? Is John Pugh's 500 (County of Kent) Squadron Hudson MkV 'M', as mentioned on www.uboat.net as being shot down by U-73 given the correct serial number? Or was his serial number (by coincidence) AM 698?

    Regards to all,

    Stiggy

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