FORCED LANDING OF A LOCKHEED HUDSON
ON A BEACH IN HYLAND BAY, NT
ON 15 JUNE 1942

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Lockheed Hudson Mk. IIIA, A16-175 (#41-23530) BW668, of 2 Squadron RAAF, piloted by Flight Lieutenant A. Sharpe, DFC, made a forced landing on the beach in Hyland Bay in the Northern Territory on 15 June 1942. They were participating in a bombing raid with six other Hudsons on Penfoei Airfield, Koepang. They were hit near the Timor coast shortly before reaching their target and forced to return on one engine. The forced landing was reported by the nearby Port Keats Aboriginal Mission.

 


Photo:- AWM Photo ID P00448.147

The remains of Lockheed Hudson A16-175 in Hyland Bay on 22 October 1978

 

A Lockheed Hudson for 2 Squadron took off at 2300 hours Z on 15 June 1942 to search for the missing Hudson A16-175. It located the missing aircraft and spotted the crew on the shore with a large group of natives from the Mission. The crew of Lockheed Hudson A16-175 were rescued by the Royal Australian Navy about a week later.

 

REFERENCES

ADF Serials - Lockheed Hudson

 

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