Component of aircraft instrumentation : RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-97
|Title||Component of aircraft instrumentation : RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-97|
|Place made||United States of America|
|Date made||c 1940|
|Description||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.|
|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.