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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142165
Last updated: 19 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB Mk VI
Owner/operator:82 (United Provinces) Squadron Royal Air Force (82 (United Provinces) Sqn RAF)
Registration: HR403
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Myingyan. -   Myanmar
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Kumbhirgram
Destination airport:
On 19 December 1944, two Mosquitoes flown by the unitís Australian commanding officer, W/Cdr Hudson and another RAAF pilot, F/Lt A G McKenzie, DFC, took off to undertake a Rhubard over the Chindwin and Irrawaddy Rivers in the Kani-Pagan-Sagaing area. Opposite Pakokku on the Irrawaddy, McKenzie sought to open fire on a target, but his cannons jammed and he turned for home while Hudson pressed on alone. He did not return, and was replaced as unit CO by one of the flight commanders, S/Ldr F W Snell, DFC.
What happened was That, on the return journey, while Approaching to attack some river craft in the Irrawaddy near Mandalay, Hudson's Mosquito HR403 hit the river surface, and although it Became airborne again it was badly damaged and Hudson made a forced landing on some rough broken country near the junction of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers. Both Hudson and his navigator, P/O Shortis RAFVR, only suffered lacerations to the legs and slight Concussion. They Were Captured by Japanese and Indian National Army soldiers, receiving rough treatment from Them.
Both airmen Then Were Taken to the nearby city of Myingyan Were immediately and interrogated in the Military Police Headquarters and the POW camp at Rangoon.
W/Cdr (Aus400448) Lionel Vivian HUDSON (pilot) RAAF Ė POW
P/O (185.119) John Alfred SHORTIS (nav.) RAFVR - POW


"Air War for Burma", by Christopher Shores. ISBN 1-904010-95-4
RAAF A9300 file of Lionel Vivian Hudson (available on the Australian Archives

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Revision history:

30-Jan-2012 07:19 Nepa Added
03-Jun-2013 08:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Jul-2014 17:36 MiG29 Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
29-Aug-2014 09:14 Jixon Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2015 07:57 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Nature]
21-Dec-2015 21:14 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2016 18:47 Nepa Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Feb-2019 19:24 Nepa Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Operator]

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