Hudson Mk V (Great Britain)

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The Hudson Mk V was the designation given by Britain to the Lockheed Hudson V, an American-built light bomber designed for naval patrol, reconnaissance, and light bombing. It was based on the Lockheed Super Electra, a civilian airliner. The aircraft was very successful under British service, in total 2,150 Hudsons were used by the British Commonwealth through direct purchase and the Lend Lease program. They scored several kills against German submarines and were essential in maintaining the safety of Allied convoys in the Atlantic. After the war, some of those Hudsons served again as civilian airliners and transport aircraft.

It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". For its BR, the Hudson MK.V is a relatively fast bomber, being able to go at a maximum speed of 418 km/h in realistic battles. This is very important, since you will most likely fight biplanes and early monoplanes with engines that are not well-suited for high altitude. This increased flight performance over its counterparts is balanced by the payload however; with only a small amount of 250 lb bombs and 8 x AP Mk.I rockets that don't have any explosive filler. For its defensive armament, it has good total coverage, but the usage of 7.7 mm MGs instead of more conventional 12.7 mm HMGs makes dealing with groups of enemies more challenging.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 981 m418 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude5 029 m
Engine2 х Pratt & Whitney S3C4-G
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight10 t

Fast for its battle rating, the Hudson Mk V is a very versatile bomber, able to turn with some single-engine fighters and outrun any it may face.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,981 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 399 386 5029 27.3 27.8 6.9 6.9 600
Upgraded 437 418 24.8 26.0 15.0 9.5


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
564 235 328 313 235 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 290 < 320 > 324

Survivability and armour

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear235 km/h
  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (2 in each wingroot)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB735 Sl icon.png
SB675 Sl icon.png
Crew training2 300 Sl icon.png
Experts15 000 Sl icon.png
Aces125 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 40 / 90 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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HRC mk.8
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Offensive armament

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min
Main article: Browning (7.7 mm)

The Hudson Mk V (Great Britain) is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (3)
Setup 14 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 28 x AP Mk I rockets
Setup 34 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
8 x AP Mk I rockets

The Hudson Mk V (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,600 lb total)
  • 8 x AP Mk I rockets
  • 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs + 8 x AP Mk I rockets (1,600 lb total)

Defensive armament

Turret7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate950 shots/min
Turret2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min

The Hudson Mk V (Great Britain) is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Hudson excels in ground attacking with its respectable payload of bombs, rockets and dual-mounted 7.7 mm - meaning it has a lot of firepower to throw at the ground units. It can also be used as a designated bomber, having a load big enough to take out one base and damage another. However in RB, you may find the Hudson to be best for bomber hunting and keeping the enemy fighters down as its fairly fast and manoeuvrable. To take on bombers, it is advisable to position yourself in front of or below an enemy bomber (wherever their firepower is weak) as the Hudson has no armour to protect the pilot. You can then light them up with the dual-mounted Browning 7.7s on the dorsal turret, which has a full 360° field of view and good elevation. Use AP belts to compensate for the relatively low calibre of the armament.

The Hudson is a hard target to take out, with three rear facing MG's being enough to take on most of what it will find at its BR. The Hudson's airframe is also able to withstand a fair amount of punishment. It also outperforms many aircraft it will face such as the early Bf 109s at high altitude, being able to even outrun some fighters at its BR with its cruising speed of over 350 km/h. Despite a lack of armour for the gunners, they seem to rarely get taken out - but it is advisable to keep fighters at bay from a fairly long range with your gunners as once they get close they can inflict serious damage. The Hudson almost never recover from engine fires either, which are almost always caused by fighters close on your tail - another incentive to keep them back.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Good defensive armament
  • Can carry 8 rockets in addition to the internal bomb bay
  • Internal bomb bay can accommodate 4 x 250 lb bombs and 6 x 100 lb bombs
  • Can fly on one engine
  • Fuselage soaks up a lot of punishment
  • Forward-firing fixed guns means the ability to strafe soft targets (e.g. unarmoured vehicles, artillery, AA, etc)
  • Very fast cruising and top speed for a bomber
  • H-tail does not get in the way of the gunners


  • Controls lock quickly in a steep dive
  • Flaps tear off easily above 330 km/h
  • Rarely recovers from engine fires
  • No armour protection for crew


The Hudson Mk V is a British designation for a variant of the Lockheed Hudson, an American-built light bomber and maritime reconnaissance aircraft of the Second World War. The aircraft was a military conversion of the Lockheed Super Electra civilian airliner, and is one of few civilian aircraft to be successfully converted into military aircraft. Great Britain purchased a total of 309 Hudson Mk Vs; these aircraft were used successfully as anti-submarine aircraft by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

In 1937, Lockheed began advertising a conversion of their Model 14 Super Electra civilian airliner as a light bomber and maritime patrol aircraft: this immediately attracted the attention of the British Purchasing Commission, which sought to acquire the Hudson as a supplement to their existing Avro Anson maritime patrol aircraft. As a result, the British placed an order for 200 Hudson Mk I aircraft in 1938; the Mk Vs were acquired later on, and were essentially Hudson Mk IIIs fitted with new 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp radial engines.

In total, 2,150 Hudsons would be used by the British Commonwealth through both direct purchase and lend-lease. These aircraft would serve extensively as maritime patrol aircraft under the RAF and RCAF, scoring numerous kills against German submarines. Additionally, Hudsons were used to provide air cover during the Dunkirk evacuations. Following the cessation of hostilities at the end of WWII, many Hudsons were returned to civilian service, as transport aircraft, trainers and airliners. A total of 2,941 Hudsons were built for all air forces.



See also

Related development

External links

Lockheed Corporation
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Jet Fighters  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
  F-104A · F-104C
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See Also  SABCA · Mitsubishi Heavy Industries · Fiat Aviation

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