Component of aircraft instrumentation : RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-97

Place Oceania: Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Accession Number REL24329
Collection type Technology
Object type Aircraft component
Physical description Metal
Maker Lockheed Company
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

A rotor (flywheel) from an unknown gyroscopic instrument such as the directional gyo, artificial horizon or auto-pilot from the instrumentation of RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-97.

History / Summary

This object was recovered from the wreckage of RAAF Lockheed Hudson aircraft A16-97 which crashed on approach to the Canberra Aerodrome (later renamed Fairbairn) on 13 August 1940.

The aircraft crashed and exploded after stalling as it came in to land. All those on board were killed; pilot, Flight Lieutenant R E Hitchcock RAAF; co-pilot, Pilot Officer R F Wiesener RAAF; Corporal J F Palmer RAAF; Aircraftman C J Crosdale RAAF; Minister for Air and Civil Aviation, J V Fairbairn; Minister for Army and Repatriation, Brigadier G A Street; Vice-President of the Executive Council, Sir Henry Somer Gullett; Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Cyril Brudenall Bingham White; Staff Officer to General White, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Thornwaite; and private secretary to Mr Fairbairn, Mr R E Elford.