Lockheed Hudson MKIII
RNZAF serial no. NZ2013
Ex-RAF serial no. V9241
Manufacturer’s no. 3826
On display in the Aircraft Hall
The RNZAF received 94 Hudsons in 1941-42 as part of measures to counter the threat of German raiders around the New Zealand coastline. Subsequently they formed a major part of the RNZAF’s operational capabilities to counter the threat from Japanese forces. The Hudsons were operated by Nos. 1,2,3,4 and 9 Squadron in the maritime search and strike operation roles until their replacement in 1943-44 by the more powerful Lockheed Ventura.
NZ2013 was manufactured in 1941 by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Burbank, California. It was part of a diverted Royal Air Force order and was shipped directly to Auckland from Los Angeles. It entered service on 18 September 1941 with No. 1 Squadron at Whenuapai.
NZ2013 later served with No. 4 Squadron in Fiji. It also served briefly in New
Caledonia in August/September 1942. The aircraft suffered a major accident in Fiji in early 1942 and was out of commission for several months. NZ2013 returned to New Zealand in July 1944, attached to the School of Navigation and Reconnaissance at New Plymouth. After the War, the School moved to Wigram, where the aircraft continued in service until July 1948. It was sold to Mr Clarke of Oamaru in May 1949, and was used as a shed and chicken coop on his farm until being purchased by the RNZAF Museum Trust Board and No. 26 Squadron Air Training Corps in 1985.
NZ2013 then underwent nine years of restoration work by the Museum’s Technical Team, before finally going on display in 1996. It is finished in the colour scheme that it would have worn when serving with No. 4 Squadron in Fiji in 1943-44.