Harold B. Hudson

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Harold Byron Hudson
Nickname(s) Steve
Born 8 December 1898
Cobham, England
Died February 1982
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 28 Squadron RAF, No. 45 Squadron RAF
Awards Military Cross

Lieutenant Harold Byron Hudson MC (8 December 1898 – February 1982) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 13 victories.[1] As wingman to William George Barker, he scored a record five victories over observation balloons in a single day.[2]


Hudson was British-born, but his family relocated to British Columbia in 1912. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, being commissioned a Probationary Temporary Second Lieutenant on 24 May 1917.[3] He was assigned to 28 Squadron in Italy. There Hudson often flew with Captain William George Barker. Indeed, Hudson's first victories were two observation balloons shared with Barker on 24 January 1918. Hudson went on to destroy an Albatros D.V on 5 February. Then, a week later, Barker and Hudson pulled off the unprecedented feat of destroying five kite balloons on a single sortie. By 26 May 1918, Hudson's win total reached seven balloons and six airplanes; besides the mass victories over balloons with Barker, Hudson had destroyed four airplanes and driven two down out of control. He was posted briefly, without success, to 45 Squadron.[2]

Postwar, Hudson returned to Canada to work in pulp mills making paper.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 16 September 1918 – T./Lt. Harold Byrn Hudson, R.A.F. is awarded the Military Cross:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying four enemy aeroplanes and shooting down two enemy kite balloons in flames.

— London Gazette[4]


  • Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920 Christopher F. Shores, Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.


  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/hudson3.php
  2. ^ a b Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 203. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/hudson3.php Retrieved on 18 June 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 30901". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 September 1918. p. 116.