The Lockheed Model 414 Hudson was a militarized Model 14 Super Electra, which itself was an evolutionary development of the Model 10 Electra. Thus, Lockheed had considerable experience with the basic airframe, so that the Hudson underwent fewer teething problems than many light-to-medium bomber designs of the era.
- "Britain's Aerial Outpost" [ HTML ] describes usage and importance of the Hudson by the RAAF in early 1941.
The article describes the Hudson as being powered by Wasp engines. Jane's and Wikipedia are a bit ambiguous as to which versions were in the RAAF, but it appears that all of the Pratt & Whitney-powered Hudsons used the R-1830 Twin Wasp engines.
- "Air Defense 'Down Under'" [ HTML ] describes the importance of the Hudson in the early defense of the Southwest Pacific region.
- "Bombers Across" [ HTML ] relates the story of a Hudson ferry trip from Canada to Britain.
- "The Hudson" [ HTML ] gives the history of the Hudson and a number of mission exploits.
- "American Aircraft in the RAF" [ HTML ] extols the virtues of the Hudson in RAF service.
- "Coastal Command" [ HTML ] extols the value of the Hudson in Coastal Command service. It includes anecdotes, with photos, of an Fw-200 shootdown and the capture of a U-boat.
- A news clip with photo from October, 1940, shows battle damage on the right wing of a Hudson in RAF service, damaged over Norway.
- A Lockheed ad has a lovely color painting of a Hudson in RAF paint scheme, seen from 2 o'clock high. Please note that the offer of a "reproduction
suitable for framing" is no longer in effect.
- A Lockheed ad, "The Lockheed Log Leadership", is a color drawing of a P-38, a Hudson, and a Lodestar.
- The color front cover of Aviation for October, 1941, is a Pratt & Whitney ad, "Twin Wasps over Singapore", showing three Hudsons over a stylized tropical waterfront.
- "The Hudson" [ HTML ] includes several photos:
- A Lockheed ad from February, 1942, is a drawing featuring all the Lockheed designs then in service: Hudson, Lightning, Ventura; a Lodestar and a Constellation are in the background.
- The "War in the Air" feature for March, 1942, [ HTML ] includes a photo of Hudsons in Australian service, flying in close formation, seen from 4 o'clock.
- A Lockheed ad, "Convoy of Commerce", has a Duotone painting of a Hudson shooting down a FW-200, above a convoy. Hudson view is from 6 o'clock.
- The "War in the Air" feature for July, 1942, includes a photo of a Hudson that flew too low over the Channel, showing damage to a prop and to the belly of the plane.
- "Report from the British Airfront" includes a photo of two Hudsons in RAF markings, seen from 4 o'clock.
- "Coastal Command" [ HTML ] includes 3 Hudson-related photos:
- "A Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson actually captured this Nazi submarine after the plane's bombs forced it to surface."; shows the U-boot, surfaced, presumably photographed from the Hudson.
- Coastal Command Hudsons played a vital role over Dunkirk during that evacuation by the British Expeditionary Forces."; shows a Hudson, seen from 7 o'clock low, with what appears to be smoke from oil fires in the background. This would tally with the anecdote in the article of Hudsons being used to attack oil supplies in the Low Countries after the Fall of France.
- "While raiding an Allied convoy, this Nazi Focke-Wulf Kurier was caught by a Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson, shot down after a brief fight, then photographed. Note Germans swimming away from wreck,"; shows the Kurier in the water, presumably photographed from the victorious Hudson.
- "Ferry Command" [ HTML ] includes a photo: "The Lockheed Hudson was the first American-built type to be flown to England by Ferry Command pilots."
- A Lockheed ad, "
dish it out!", is a drawing of a flight of Hudsons in formation. Viewpoint is from the 8 o'clock of the Boulton-Paul doprsal turret of a Hudson in the foreground.
- A Lockheed ad, "Hard-boiled babies", features a drawing of Hudsons in formation. Foreground plane is seen from landing gear forward, from below left. Smaller background planes are seen from 9 o'clock low.
- A Lockheed ad, "Sub smasher", has a drawing of a Hudson with a stylized depth-charge explosion in the background; view is from 11 o'clock low.
- A Bodiine Electric Co (small electric motors) ad, "This bomber needs its tail surfaces its small electric motors are essential too!", has a photo of a Hudson seen from 11 o'clock low. Tail structures are dodged out and put back in outline.
- A Belden Wire ad, "Maker of Air History The Lockheed Hudson", shows a Hudson from 9 o'clock low.