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Tempsford Hudson FK797

Location: Tempsford, Bedordshire, 3rd March 1945

F/O Ragan - Pilot
F/O Bradley - Navigator
W/O Gray - Wireless Operator
F/Sgt Stead - Rear Gunner

Lockheed Hudson.

Hudson IIIA FK797 MA-M took off from Tempsford at 11.10 hrs on Operation WALNUT to Germany. The aircraft was hit by 20mm canon fire from a JU88 night fighter shortly after take off near Cambridge. The elevators, flaps & exhausts were hit. The aircraft returned to the airfield with elevators jammed. The aircraft was repairable but did not fly with the squadron again. F/Sgt Stead was wounded in the leg by canon fire.