ID numberREL24329
Collection typeTechnology
TitleComponent of aircraft instrumentation : RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-97
Object typeAircraft
MakerLockheed Company
Place madeUnited States of America
Date madec 1940
Physical descriptionMetal
DescriptionA 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.
SummaryThis 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.