Lockheed Hudson Mk.II

The Lockheed Hudson Mk.II was the designation given to twenty aircraft equipped with constant-speed Hamilton Standard Hydromatic propellers in place of the two-position Hamilton Standard propeller used on the Hudson Mk.I. These allowed the pitch of the propeller blades to be adjusted to the most effective angle for the aircraft’s speed, and improved both performance and fuel efficiency. The Hudson Mk II also had a stronger airframe than the Mk.I. Lockheed designated the Mk II as the Model 314.

The Hudson Mk.II was used by No.203 Squadron, a reconnaissance squadron based in the eastern Mediterranean, No. 233 Squadron of Coastal Command, No.269 Squadron based on Iceland and No.353 Squadron, a transport squadron based in India, in each case operating along side other models of the Hudson.

See the Hudson Mk.IV for the RAAF’s version of the Hudson Mk.II

Lockheed Hudson Aircraft in WWII, Andrew Hendrie, Crowood Press. A look at the development of the Hudson, and its career with the RAF, USAAF, RNZAF and RAAF. Covers the anti-submarine and anti-shipping uses of the Hudson, as well at its role in Air-Sea Rescue and special operations. The text is supported by a good collection of first hand accounts.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 May 2008), Lockheed Hudson Mk.II , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_lockheed_hudson_II.html

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