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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Years of service  1941-1945
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank  Flight Lieutenant
Died  22 March 1983 Croydon, Surrey, England
Unit  No. 214 Squadron RAF No. 26 Operational Training Unit RAF No. 115 Squadron RAF

Kenneth Charles Hudson (born 27 December 1915) was a British rear gunner in heavy bombers in World War ll. For his gallantry in combat as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Hudson was born at Pentney Road, Balham, SW London and was educated at Balham Grammar School.

He enlisted in the Royal Air Force in April 1940 and after gunnery training at No. 12 Operational Training Unit RAF at Benson, joined No. 214 Squadron RAF. He flew on his first operational mission on 12 August 1941 as a rear gunner and over the next 13 months completed a total of 28 bombing missions in Wellington and Stirling heavy bombers. During this period he was twice prevented from flying due to a recurrent ear problem and on both occasions his plane was shot down with the loss of all crew.

In October 1942, Hudson was commissioned as Flight Lieutenant and later in the same month married Pamela Yates, a primary school teacher. In November 1942 he became a gunnery instructor and was assigned to the Central Gunnery School of No. 26 Operational Training Unit RAF, at Sutton Bridge. He resumed operational duties in November 1944 and flew a further 14 missions with No. 115 Squadron RAF as rear gunner in the Avro Lancaster.

In June 1945, Hudson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross 'in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.' In 1947 he joined the civil service and worked for the Ministry of Public Building and Works until his retirement in 1975.


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