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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65550
Last updated: 6 July 2020
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Date:27-JUN-1943
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk III
Owner/operator:4 Sqn RNZAF
Registration: NZ2025
C/n / msn: 3845
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea off Fiji -   Fiji
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nausori, Fiji
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Missing on ops.
On June 27, 1943 Hudson III (NZ2025) took off on a sortie to chase down and destroy a Japanese submarine. The mission had been hastily prepared, the navigator lacked experience and confidence, and the weather was bad. The weather and breakdowns in navigation and radio procedure led to the aircraft becoming lost. Repeated attempts to pass navigational assistance were unsuccessful and early in the evening the last radio transmission was an SOS message that the aircraft had run out of fuel and was going down. Searches were mounted but the crew were never found. The subsequent court of inquiry led to substantive changes in the management of navigational aids and mission preparation.
Flying Officer Alistair Parata, Sergeant Albert Moss, Warrant Officer Egbert Willis, Flight Sergeant George Billson, and Sgt Michael Horgan R.I.P.

Sources:

NZ Archives
NZ Serials


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jun-2009 18:31 angels one five Added
04-Oct-2009 13:52 angels one five Updated
17-Jan-2012 06:50 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 03:16 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2013 16:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
12-Sep-2013 02:49 angels one five Updated [Cn, Operator, Narrative]
12-Sep-2013 02:50 angels one five Updated [Operator]
12-Jun-2015 06:12 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 06:50 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 16:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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