Hudson, Douglas

Title

Hudson, Douglas
James Douglas Hudson
J D Hudson

Description

65 items. Collection concerns Pilot Officer James Douglas Hudson, Distinguished Flying Cross (755052) who joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in June 1939 an trained as an observer. While on route to Malta in August 1940 his Blenheim crashed in Tunisia and he was subsequently interned for two and a half years by Vichy French in Tunisia and Algeria. After being freed he returned to Great Britain and after navigator retraining completed a tour of 30 operations on 100 Squadron. The collection contains letters to his parents and from French penfriends while interned at Laghouat internment camp in Algeria, newspaper cuttings of various events, logbooks and lists of operations, official documents and photographs. A further 23 items are in two sub-collections with details of navigator examinations and postcards of Laghouat Algeria.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Elizabeth Smith and Yvonne Puncher and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.

This collection also contains items concerning Louis Murray and Harry Bowers. Additional information on Harry Bowers and Louis Murray is available via the IBCC Losses Database.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

2015-06-16

Rights

This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. Some items have not been published in order to protect the privacy of third parties, to comply with intellectual property regulations, or have been assessed as medium or low priority according to the IBCC Digital Archive collection policy and will therefore be published at a later stage. For more information, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ and https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/legal, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collection-policy.

Identifier

Hudson, JD

Collection Items

Laghouat - Vue Général et la Mosquée
On the right a mosque with minaret. In the centre town buildings on the left trees. In the background mountains. On the reverse addressed to Mr and Mrs H E Hudson and stating that this was the view from the top of a minaret.

Laghouat - Dans le chemin de ronde
In the foreground two people, one carrying a bucket the other a sack. They are surrounded by tall palm trees. To the right a wall and in the background buildings. On the reverse addressed to Mr and Mrs H E Hudson and explaining an event related to…

Laghouat - Vue Général
Walled town in a valley, In the background a forest and other buildings. On the reverse addressed to Mr and Mrs H E Hudson and writes that he is fit and well and he has written another letter with more news.

Laghouat - Une partie de l'Oasis Sud et les Fortifications
A wall runs from bottom left to top right with buildings and palm trees to the left and above. To the right centre a fortification. On the reverse addressed to Mr and Mrs H E Hudson writing that he is delighted to have received cross parcel and about…

Laghouat (Alger) - Caserne Margeritte
View from a hill of a military camp surrounded by a wall. Camp contains many single story buildings with arched promenades. In the background mountains. On the reverse 'Our prison camp occupied part of this caserne and was "barbed wired off"…

Au Pays du Soleil Laghouat
Cover for postcard booklet with drawing of man and a camel standing in front of palm trees.

St-Georges Church and Grave Yard Tunis
A church in ornamental garden with trees and shrubs. In the foreground an entrance way with steps with low wall and railings either side. To the right side a high wall.

Laghouat - Une partie de l'Oasis Sud et les Fortifications
A wall runs from bottom left to top right with buildings and palm trees to the left and above. To the right centre a fortification.

Laghouat - Un coin du Marché
In the foreground a square with many people in Arab dress. At the tear of the square a road leads into the distance with buildings on the right. There are several palm trees throughout the area.

Laghouat - Un Jardin dans l'Oasis
A single story building set in a garden with shrubs and palm trees.

Laghouat - La Grande Séguila
An alleyway with wall on the left and single story building on the right. Palm trees behind wall and buildings. Several women are walking in the alley.

Laghouat - Subdivision, Poste et Trésor
On the right part of a low walled square surrounded on left and behind by two story buildings. A road runs up hill to the left of building behind square, Buildings on the left have multiple archways and a flag pole extending from upper floor.

Laghouat - Caserne Bessièrs
In the foreground a wall military camp. In the background a forest and mountains

Laghouat - Avenue Margueritte
A road runs from bottom to top with buildings with multiple archways either side. At the end of the road trees. There are vehicles parked on the right side and many people walking in the street.

Laghouat - Place de Oliviers
A road lined with palm trees runs from bottom to top. There are several people walking on the road and pavements.

Laghouat - Porte d'Alger et Mosquée
In the foreground a town wall and gate with buildings behind on rising ground. In the background at top of hill a white mosque

Laghouat - Vue Général
Walled town in a valley, In the background a forest and other buildings.

Five man work party
Five men dressed in various clothing, two wearing berets and one a hat. Four are standing round a hole while the fifth with a shovel is standing in the hole. Behind them a wall with wire fence on top.

Douglas Hudson
Half length portrait of Douglas Hudson wearing tunic with pilot officer rank, observers brevet and medal ribbon including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is wearing peaked cap and holding a pipe.

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Observer Section) Notice Paper
Notice paper for five years reserve service for James Douglas Hudson dated 29 June 1939. Gives conditions and contains certified copy of attestation with personal; details. Concludes with signatures, oath and certificate of a justice of the peace or…

Bombed Bremen from 50 feet
RAF bomber crews who carried out raids on Bremen, one in daylight and from height of 50 feet are listed for gallantry awards. Goes on with lists and describes actions of Pilot Officer Waples 21 Squadron, Pilot Office Alister Stewart Ramsay, 105…

Conditions of entry and service in the aircraft crew selection (air observers)
For entry to Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, notes for information of candidates. Covers introduction, conditions of entry and service, training, financial provision and general note. Concludes with appendix on medical examination.

Douglas Hudson Royal Air Force personnel document
Contains personal information and postings/locations from joining to discharge on 28 February 1947. Notes that he was reported missing on 27 August 1940, was subsequently interned in Tunisia. Notes he was recommended for commission.

Letter to Toussainte
Douglas thanks Toussainte for the news, and compliments her English. Mention of how Christmas and New Year were spent, and of receiving letters from England. He wishes to continue the correspondence.

Additional information about this item was…

Letter from Douglas Hudson to Morcelle
Letter to Morcelle wishing to meet again for walks, to teach each other French and English, and to have a photograph taken together.

Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.
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