The aft turret support bulkhead was fitted to the fuselage late last week, and is the first major peice of the turret support structure to be completed and installed. The installation of this bulkhead will give the structural integrity to allow the removal of damaged and modified floor structure, and the continuing installation of support structure further forward in the fuselage.
When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war?
Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies
To assist with the manufacture of missing and damaged components and structure in the Hudson, the AWM purchased a copy of original Lockheed blueprints on Microfilm. Digitisation of the blueprints for ease of reference has commenced, and they are providing invaluable information for most areas in the airframe. The blueprints contain the original dimensions and material specifications of each individual item used to build the aircraft.
The support structure for the upper turret is beginning to take shape, with repaired and replicated components being pieced together before installation. This structure is approximately 1/3 of the way through the fabrication stage. When complete, the structure will be disassembled, painted, and then installed into the airframe.
One of the first steps in the conversion to re-fit the Boulton Paul upper turret was to remove any excess material from the fuselage. This meant cutting a hole in the upper rear fuselage, and removing the skin and additional structure which had been replaced post war.
The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales, was aquired by the AWM several years ago. This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage.