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    On pages 274-276 in Christie's history of Ferry Command, "Ocean Bridge", he details the crash and salvage of Hudson AM844, which force landed 25 July 1942. Might anyone know the names of the crew? I've consulted the Ferry Command diary for Gander but no luck. Thanks! Darrell

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    Hello,
    Andrew Hendrie in his book Lockheed Hudson in WW2 has AM844 with 53 Squadron and SoC on 7.6.43.
    Air britain AA100-AZ999 has the same. However, AB's British Air Commission & Lend-Lease on page 99 has AM844 as one of 342 hudson V's delivered to the UK by air but then has her as transfered to (45 Group?) RAFTC and crashed (no date).



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    Hi Alex. Obviously some confusion on this a/c's history. I thank you for responding to my post. Darrell

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    Hello,

    Jock Manson in his 53 Sqn history, "United in Effort", (p.94), has Hudson V AM844 on 53 Sqn strength with the note that at some time it was lost or had been involved in an accident (it is not mentioned amongst the losses quoted elsewhere in the book).

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    Would anyone happen to know the U.S. serial for this a/c? Nil on the Baugher site.

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    Darrell:
    AB's British Air Commission & Lend-Lease gives only the Lockheed serial number 7926. This is the case for all Hudson deliveries up to the Air Ministry serial block that included AM844. These were, according to Air Arsenal America by Phil Butler, direct purchases rather than the subsequent Lend-Lease acquisitions which did have former USAAF identities.
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    Thanks Robert. That info is much appreciated. Darrell

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    Darrell:
    Adding to earlier posts, AM844 was originally delivered Gander-Prestwick over July 16/17, 1941, with F/O Adams as captain.
    Recorded long-distance flights include Reykjavik to Prestwick on September 30, 1943, (more than a year after the crash landing and salvage you quote), returning October 2. Next listing is seven days later (October 9) when it crashes on take-off at Churchill on McVicar's flight from Churchill to Prestwick via Reykjavik.
    As I noted in the thread re Catalina AJ155, the Department of History and Heritage in Ottawa has the Ferry Command aircrew assignment cards and it's possible to go through these by aircrew name to see if AM844 can be found for that first crash date... a big task.
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    This forced landing, minus crew details, got a mention in Aviation Archaeologist (Series 2, Issue 30, September 2000).

    The recorded date was 27th September 1942 rather than 25th July and that the aircraft was flown out by means of a runway cut from the forest on the 19th January 1943. It's eventual fate at Churchill is also mentioned.
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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks Robert/Al. I've since been in contact with Jock Manson who has solved this little mystery for me. The a/c was indeed with 53 Sqn and en route to the U.S. at the time. Robert, does your info on the original delivery in July 1941 come from the Gander airport watch log? Darrell
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