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Name: Harold Byrn "Steve" Hudson Balloon-Buster
Military Cross (MC) Harold Hudson
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 28, 45
Victories: 13
Born: 08 December 1898
Place of Birth: Cobham, Surrey, England
Died: February 1982
Place of Death: Vancouver, British Columbia
 
 
The son of a doctor and a native of England, Harold Byrn Hudson's family emigrated to British Columbia in 1912. Joining the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, he became a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 24 May 1917. Posted to Italy, he flew the Sopwith Camel with 28 Squadron and shared in several victories over kite balloons with his flight commander, William Barker. He was reassigned to 45 Squadron at the end of May 1918. After the war, Hudson returned to British Columbia where he worked in the pulp and papermill industries.

Also listed as Harold Byron Hudson in some sources.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. Harold Byrn Hudson, R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying four enemy aeroplanes and shooting down two enemy kite balloons in flames.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Jan 1918 1620 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 2 km E of Conegliano
2 24 Jan 1918 1621 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 E of Conegliano
3 05 Feb 1918 1210 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Albatros D.V (DES) Portobuffole
4 12 Feb 1918 1445 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 Fossamerlo
5 12 Feb 1918 1445 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 Fossamerlo
6 12 Feb 1918 1445 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 Fossamerlo
7 12 Feb 1918 1445 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 Fossamerlo
8 12 Feb 1918 1445 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Balloon (DES) 1 Fossamerlo
9 20 Feb 1918 1000 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Albatros D.V (OOC) Conegliano
10 20 Feb 1918 1000 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Albatros D.V (OOC) Conegliano
11 13 May 1918 0845 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Rumpler C (DESF) E of Quero
12 23 May 1918 0725 28 Sopwith Camel (B6356) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 km S of Grigno
13 26 May 1918 0845 28 Sopwith Camel (B2362) Albatros D.III (DES) Fontanella

1 Shared with Capt William Barker
 
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