LOCKHEED HUDSON / LODESTAR / VENTURA Series

HUDSON / LODESTAR / VENTURA Series SERVICE

Model 14 Super Electra

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
Model: Model 14
Designations: C-111, R4O
Names: Super Electra; "Thelma", "Toby" (Japan, US codenames)
First official flight: (L-14-H) 29/07/1937
Factory production period: 1937 - 1940
Primary service period: 1937 - 1945
Last official flight: 1945

Model 414 Hudson

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
Models: Model B14L, B14S, 214, 314, 414
Designations: A-28, A-29, AT-18, C-63, PBO
Name: Hudson
First official flight: (Hudson Mk. I) 10/12/1938
Factory production period: 1938 - 1943
Primary service period: 1939 - 1945
Last official flight: (Hudson Mk. IIIA) 13/12/1948

Model 18 Lodestar

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
Models: Model 18, 118, 218
Designations: C-56, C-57, C-59, C-60, C-66, C-104, R5O
Names: Lodestar; "Thalia" (Japan, US codename)
First official flight: Model 18 (L-14) 21/09/1939
Model 18 (L-18) 02/02/1940
Factory production period: 1939 - 1944
Primary service period: 1940 - 1945
Last official flight: (ZC-60A) 1948

Ventura / Harpoon / Lexington

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
(In 1943, Vega Airplane Co. merged with Lockheed)
Models: Model 37, 137, 237, Vega Model 15
Designations: B-34, B-37, O-56, PV
Names: Ventura (PV-1), Harpoon (PV-2), Lexington (B-34)
First official flight: (Ventura Mk. I) 31/07/1941
(PV-1 Ventura) 03/11/1942
(PV-2 Harpoon) 03/12/1943
Factory production period: 1941 - 1945
Primary service period: 1942 - 1945
Last official flight: (PV-2) 08/1948

HUDSON / LODESTAR / VENTURA Series VARIANTS

1934 Model 10 Electra
first flight: 23/02/1934
produced: (LO) 1933 - 1941
 

Grand Total: 0149

1936 Model 12 Electra Junior
first flight: 27/06/1936
produced: (LO) 1936 - 1942
 

Grand Total: 0130

Model 14 Super Electra

1937 Model 14 L-14-H / -H2 52  
1938 Model 14 L-14-N / -N2 / -N3 4  
1938 Model 14 L-14-WF62 (L-14-F62) 21  
1938 Model 14 L-14-WG3B (L-14-G3B) 34 Total: 0111
         
1938 Model 14 XR4O-1 1 Total: 0001

Grand Total: 0112

1940 Foreign built - Japan:
Army Type LO Transport "Thelma"

119

Grand Total: 0119

Model 414 Hudson

1938 Model B14L / 214-40-01 Hudson Mk. I 351  
1940 Model 414-40-01 Hudson Mk. II 20  
1940 Model 414-56-01/-03 Hudson Mk. III 427  
1939 Model B14L / S / 414-08-10 Hudson Mk. IV 130  
1941 Model 414-13-06/-07 Hudson Mk. V 409 Total: 1337
         
1941 Model 414-08-10 A-28 (Hudson Mk. IVA) 52  
1942 Model 414-17-11 A-28A (Hudson Mk. VI) 450  
1941 Model 414-56-03 A-29 (Hudson Mk. IIIA) 616  
1942 Model 414-56-11 A-29A (Hudson Mk. IIIA) 184 Total: 1302
         
1942 Model 414-56-09 AT-18 217  
1942 Model 414-56-08 AT-18A 83 Total: 0300

Grand Total: 2939

Model 18 Lodestar

1940 Model 18-07/-08/-10
-14
/-40/-50
L-18 140 Total: 0140
         
1942 Model 18-50-26 C-56E 2  
1941 Model 18-10/10-01 C-57 13  
1942 Model 18-10-26 C-57B 7  
1941 Model 18-07 C-59 10  
1941 Model 18-56/50-23 C-60 36  
1942 Model 18-56/56-23 C-60A 324  
1942 Model 218-56-23 XC-60B 1  
1941 Model 18-10-01 C-66 1 Total: 0394
         
1940 Model 18-40-08 XR5O-1 1  
1940 Model 18-40-08 R5O-1 2  
1940 Model 18-07 R5O-2 1  
1941 Model 18-10 R5O-3 2  
1942 Model 18-56/56-08 R5O-4 12  
1942 Model 18-56-24 R5O-5 38  
1943 Model 18-56-23 R5O-6 35 Total: 0091

Grand Total: 0625

1941 Foreign built - Japan:
Kawasaki Ki-56 "Thalia"

121

Grand Total: 0121

Ventura / Harpoon / Lexington

1941 Model 37-21-01 Ventura Mk. I 188 Total: 0188
         
? Model 137-27-01 Ventura Mk. II 487  
? Model 137-27-02 B-34 Lexington 200  
1942 Model 137-96-03 B-37 18 Total: 0705
         
1942 Model 237-27-01 PV-1 Ventura 1600 Total: 1600
         
1944 Model 15-27-01 PV-2 Harpoon 470  
1943 Model 15-27-01 PV-2C Harpoon 30  
1945 Model 15-27-01 PV-2D Harpoon 35 Total: 0535

Grand Total: 3028

 

GRAND TOTAL: 7223

SUPER ELECTRA PRODUCTION

L-14-H / -H2
L-14-N
/ -N2 / -N3
L-14-WF62
(L-14-F62)
L-14-WG3B
(L14-G3B)

Civil airliners, solid nose, various engine differences.
30 L-14WG3B's purchased by Japan in 1938,
US codename: "Toby".
Produced 1937 - 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California

L-14-H / -H2 mixed 1401 to 1511
1439A
52  
L-14-N / -N2 / -N3 mixed 1416 to 1496 4  
L-14-WF62 mixed 1410 to 1498 21  
L-14-WG3B mixed 1426 to 1481 34 Total: 0111

XR4O-1
As L-14-H2, staff transport for US Navy.
Produced 1938

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.1441 1482

1

Total: 0001

 

Grand Total: 0112

Foreign built - Japan:
Army Type LO Transport "Thelma"
Military transport for Japanese Army.
Produced 1940 - 1942

Tachikawa Hikoki KK, Tokyo, Japan

? ? 64  

Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo KK, Kobe, Japan

? ? 55 Grand Total: 0119

SUPER ELECTRA CONVERSIONS

Civil Conversions

C-14-H-1 1 L-14-H, 1938, prototype cargo version, re-registered as NX18962,
later converted back to original standard.
L-14-08 12 L-14-H2, powerplant replacements during war years.

Military Conversions

USAAF

C-111

4

Civil L-14-WF62, 1942, conversions in Australia as cargo transports.
New s/n: 44-83233 / 44-83235.

British RAF

L-14

5

Civil L-14, aircraft impressed into service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: AX681, AX682, AX688, HK982 (to VF247),
HK984 (to VF251).

Foreign Conversion

SS-1

1

Army Type LO, 1943, Tachikawa prototype with cabin pressurization.

HUDSON PRODUCTION

Hudson Mk. I
Patrol bomber for RAF based on the L-14, glass nose,
dorsal turret, prop spinners. Model B14L later renamed as
Model 214-40-01/-03. C/n: 1854 to Sperry Gyroscope Co.
with new c/n: 1930.
Produced 1938 - 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)
Delivered as (Model B14L) Hudson Mk. I to:

(RAF) N7205 / N7404
- 28 to RCAF as 759 / 786.
- 1 to USAAF, no s/n change.
mixed B14L-1601 to 1804    
(RAF) P5116 / P5165
- 2 to SAAF as 3151, 3152.
B14L-1805 / 1854    
(RAF) R4059 B14L-1777 251  
1 (N7260), crashed; 1 (R4059), built as replacement.

Delivered as (Model 214-40-01) Hudson Mk. I to:

(RAF) T9266 / T9365 214-2301 / 2400

100

Total: 0351

Hudson Mk. II
As Mk. I, stronger airframe, constant-speed props,
prop spinners deleted.
Produced 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

(RAF) T9366 / T9385
- 1 to RCAF, no s/n change.
414-2401 / 2420

20

Total: 0020

Hudson Mk.III
As Mk. II, engine upgrade, ventral gun position,
more defensive armament.
Produced 1940 - 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)
Delivered as Hudson Mk. III (SR) to:

(RAF) T9386 / T9447 414-2421 / 2482    
(RAF) T9448 / T9465 414-2501 / 2518    
(RAF) V8975 / V8999 414-2519 / 2543    
(RAF) V9020 / V9065 414-2544 / 2589    
(RAF) V9220 / V9254 414-3805 / 3839

186

 
1 to RCAF, no s/n change.
18 to RNZAF as NZ2007 / NZ2024.


Lockheed Hudson Mk. III (414-3826), NZ2013, RAF s/n: V9241, is from a batch of
30 RNZAF Hudson Mk. III's in service from 1941 to 1949. This aircraft has
been restored to near new condition by staff of the RNZAF Museum.
RNZAF Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1999.

Delivered as Hudson Mk. III (LR) to:

(RAF) V9066 / V9068 414-3711 / 3713    
(RAF) V9090 / V9129 414-3715 / 3754    
(RAF) V9150 / V9199 414-3755 / 3804    
(RAF) AE485 / AE608 414-3840 / 3963    
(RAF) AM930 / AM953 414-3964 / 3987

241

Total: 0427

1 to RAAF as A16-222.
2 to RCAF, no s/n change.
12 to RNZAF as NZ2025 / NZ2036.

Hudson Mk. IV
As Mk. II, engine upgrade, no ventral gun.
Produced 1939 - 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)
Delivered as Hudson Mk. I to:

(RAAF) A16-1 / A16-3 B14L-1750, 1778, 1779    
(RAAF) A16-4 / A16-50 mixed B14S-1855 to 1903

50

 
Redesignated (Model 314-08-01) Hudson Mk. IV in RAAF service.

Delivered as Hudson Mk. II to:

(RAAF) A16-51 / A16-100 mixed B14S-1904 to 1955

50

 
Redesignated (Model 314-08-01) Hudson Mk. IV in RAAF service.

Delivered as Hudson MK. IV to:

(RAF) AE609 / AE626 414-2483 / 2500    
(RAF) AE627 / AE638 414-2590 / 2601

30

Total: 0130

Hudson Mk. V
As Mk. III, engine upgrade, ventral gun position.
Produced 1940 - 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)
Delivered as Hudson Mk. V (SR) to:

(RAF) AE639 / AE646 414-2992 / 2999    
(RAF) AE647 / AE657 414-3700 / 3710    
(RAF) AM520 / AM702 414-2602 / 2784 

202

 
20 to USAAF / 43 to RCAF, no s/n changes.
6 to RNZAF as NZ2001 / NZ2006.

Delivered as Hudson Mk. V (LR) to:

(RAF) AM703 / AM909 414-2785 / 2991

207

Total: 0409

A-28
USAAF designation for Mk. IV.
Produced 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-23171 / 41-23222 414-6030 / 6081

52

Total: 0052

All delivered as Hudson Mk. IVA to:
(RAAF) A16-101 / A16-152

A-28A
As A-28, engine upgrade, convertible interior
for troop transport.
Produced 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-6582 / 42-6681 414-6757 / 6856    
42-46937 / 42-47286 414-6857 / 7206

450

Total: 0450

All delivered as Hudson Mk. VI to:
(RAF) EW873 / EW972
(RAF) FK381 / FK730
2 crashed before delivery, 36 to RCAF, no s/n change.
4 to RNZAF as NZ2091 / NZ2094.
28 to Brazil as 6028 / 6055.
2 later back to USAAF, no s/n change.

A-29
USAAF designation for the Mk. III.
Produced 1941 - 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-23223 / 41-23264 414-5988 / 6029    
41-23265 / 41-23628 414-6082 / 6445    
41-23630 / 41-23639 414-6447 / 6456    
41-36968 / 41-37167 414-6457 / 6656

616

Total: 0616

All delivered as Lend-Lease Hudson Mk. IIIA to:
(RAF) BW361 / BW766
(RAF) BW768 / BW777
(RAF) FH167 / FH366
153 (BW461 / BW613), to USAAF as A-29.
20 (BW361 / BW380), to US Navy as
PBO-1, BuNo. 03842 / 03861.
150 to RAF.
94 to RAAF as A16-153 / A16-221, A16-223 / A16-247.
133 to RCAF, no s/n change.
33 to RNZAF as NZ2037 / NZ2047, NZ2049 / Z2070.
33 to China, no s/n change.

A-29A
As A-29, convertible interior for troop transport.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-23629 414-6446    
41-37168 / 41-37267 414-6657 / 6756    
42-47287 / 42-47369 414-7507 / 7589 184 Total: 0184
All delivered as Hudson Mk. IIIA to:
(RAF) BW767
(RAF) FH367 / FH466
(RAF) FK731 / FK813
157 to RAF, 4 to RCAF, no s/n change.
21 to RNZAF as NZ2048, NZ2071 / NZ2090.
2 to China, no s/n change.

AT-18
As A-29, gunnery trainer aircraft.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-55568 / 42-55784 414-7290 / 7506

217

Total: 0217

AT-18A
As AT-18, navigational trainer, no dorsal turret.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-55485 / 42-55567 414-7207 / 7289

83

Total: 0083

 

Grand Total: 2939

HUDSON CONVERSIONS

USAAF

RA-28A 450 A-28A, redesignation before delivery as "restricted" from combat.
RA-29 153 A-29, redesignation of Mk. IIIA's from RAF as "restricted"
RA-29A 1+ A-29A, repossessed Mk. IIIA's from RAF as "restricted".
A-29B 24 A-29, 1942, conversions to photographic survey aircraft.
C-63 1+ Hudson Series, cargo conversions, some RNZAF aircraft converted
with this designation.

British RAF

Hudson C.Mk.III 2 Civil L-14, ex-airliners impressed into military as cargo transports.
Assigned RAF s/n: VJ416, VJ421.
Hudson C.Mk.VI 1+ Hudson Mk. VI, conversions as cargo transports.

CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Post WW2 civil conversions include the Hamilton Lodestar upgrade
   and Rausch Super 18 Hudstar.
 - Many used on civil market post WW2 mainly in Australia and Canada.

LODESTAR PRODUCTION

L-18 prototypes 1939, 3 converted civil Model L-14-H2 with civil registrations.
New c/n: 18-1954, 18-1956, 18-1957.

L-18-07 / -08 / -10 / -14 / -40 / -50
Civil airliners, lengthened fuselage, various engine types.
L-18-07, c/n: 2111, factory impressed from Hudson Mk. III
(RAF) V9069, c/n: 3714.
Produced 1939 - 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California

L-18-07-01 mixed 18-2001 to 2137 25  
L-18-08-01 mixed 18-2015 to 2066 33  
L-18-10-01 mixed 18-2020 to 2359 39  
L-18-14-01 / -13 mixed 18-2012 to 2077 4  
L-18-40-01 / -11 mixed 18-2084 to 2150 26  
L-18-50-01 / -23 mixed 18-2039 to 2185 13 Total: 0140

C-56E
Factory impressed civil Model 18-50's.
Produced 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

43-3278, 43-3279 18-2221, 2222

2

Total: 0002

C-57
Factory impressed civil Model 18-10's, engine upgrade.
Produced 1941 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-19730, 41-19731 18-2115, 2118    
41-19732 18-2119    
41-23164 / 41-23170 18-2130 / 2136    
43-34921, 43-34922 18-2403, 2464    
43-34923 18-2465 13 Total: 0013

C-57A - Reserved but not used.

C-57B
Factory impressed civil Model 18-10's,
equipped for troop transport.
Produced 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

43-3271 / 43-3277 18-2211 / 2217

7

Total: 0007

C-59
Factory impressed civil Model 18-07's, engine upgrade.
Produced 1941 - 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-29623 / 41-29629 18-2140 / 2146    
41-29630 / 41-29632 18-2151 / 2153

10

Total: 0010

C-60
Factory impressed civil Model 18-56's. 
Produced 1941 - 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-29633, 41-29634 18-2138, 2139    
41-29635 18-2147    
41-29636 / 41-29647 18-2154 / 2165    
42-32166 / 42-32180 18-2186 / 2200    
42-108787 / 42-108792 18-2177, 2179 / 2183

36

Total: 0036

C-60A
As C-60, equipped for paratroop transport. 
Produced 1942 - 1944

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-32181 / 42-32232 mixed 18-2201 to 2426    
42-55845 / 42-55859 mixed 18-2206 to 2249    
42-55861 / 42-56084 mixed 18-2251 to 2577    
43-16433 / 43-16465 18-2593 / 2625 324 Total: 0324
10 to RAAF as A67-1 / A67-10.
18 to RCAF as 551 / 568.
9 to RNZAF as NZ3507 / NZ3515.
7 to Brazil as 2001 / 2007.


C-60A-5-LO Lodestar, s/n: 42-55951 (c/n: 18-2388), features unsual nose art of a
running chicken with the name "flew the coop". This reflects the aircraft's post
wartime service as a real chicken coop in Mexico before being restored in
Australia and flown out to New Zealand as VH-XUS, where it has since retired.
Wanaka Transport Museum, Wanaka, New Zealand, 2001.

C-60C - Later designation for C-104A, cancelled.

XC-60B
As C-60A, prototype with hot air de-icers.
Produced 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-55860 218-2250 1 Total: 0001

C-66
Factory impressed L-18-10, 11-seat passenger transport.
Later to Brazil as 2008.
Produced 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

42-13567 18-2148 1 Total: 0001

(Model 118-56) C-104A - Proposed long-range transport, cancelled.

XR5O-1
As L-18-40, staff transport for UCSG.
Produced 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.2101
(USCG) V188
18-2008 1 Total: 0001

R5O-1
As L-18-40, Naval staff transport.
Produced 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.4249, 4250 18-2049, 2065 2 Total: 0002

R5O-2
As C-59, engine upgrade.
Produced 1940

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.7303 18-2041 1 Total: 0001

R5O-3
As C-59, VIP transports, 4-seat interior.
Produced 1941

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.01006, 01007 18-2096, 2097 2 Total: 0002

R5O-4
Factory impressed Model 18-56's as staff transports.
Produced 1942

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.05046 / 05050 18-2172 / 2176    
BuNo.12447 / 12451 18-2240 / 2244    
BuNo.12452, 12453 18-2279, 2280 12 Total: 0012

R5O-5
As C-60, factory impressed L-18-56's, 14-seat interior.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.12454 / 12491 mixed 18-2281 to 2463 38 Total: 0038

R5O-6
As C-60A, 18-seat paratroop interior.
Produced 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (O)

BuNo.39612 / 39646

mixed 18-2512 to 2592

35 Total: 0035

 

Grand Total: 0625

Foreign built - Japan:
Kawasaki Ki-56 "Thalia"
(Army Type 1 Freight Transport
Stretched version of the Army Type LO.
Produced 1941 - 1943

Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo KK, Kobe, Japan

? ? 121 Grand Total: 0121

LODESTAR CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

USAAF

C-56 (1) / A (1) /
B
(13) / C (12) /
D
(7)
34 Civil L-18, 1942, USAAF impressed airliners for military service.
Assigned s/n: 41-19729, 42-38261 / 42-38263, 42-53494 / 42-53507,
42-57212, 42-57223, 42-57224, 42-62602, 42-68347 / 42-68357,
42-68690.
(36 including the 2 factory impressed C-56E's).
C-57C 3 C-60A, engine upgrade.
(C-57D) 1 C-57C, further engine upgrade.
ZC-60A 1+ C-60A, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".


Model 18-10-01 (18-2020) was first flown by United Airlines as NC25630 before being
impressed into military service as a C-56D Lodestar with USAAF s/n: 42-53504.
The RAF later received it as a Lodestar Mk. I, s/n: AX756, for use in the Middle East.
It's seen here retired in New Zealand with civil registration ZK-BVE.
The aircraft in the background is a Short Sunderland MR.Mk. 5 (NZ4115).
Motat Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, 2003.

US Navy

R5O-1 2 Civil L-18, impressed airliners for USN.
Assigned BuNo. 99093 / 99095.
(5 including the 2 factory impressed R5O-1's).
R5O-3 1 C-60, impressed into USN service. Assigned BuNo. 27959.
(3 including the 2 factory impressed R5O-3's).
R5O-5 3 Civil L-18, impressed airliners for USN.
Assigned BuNo. 30148 / 30150.
(41 including the 38 factory impressed R5O-5's).

British RAF

Lodestar Mk. I

24

Civil L-18-07 / -08, impressed for military use in the Middle-East.
Assigned RAF s/n: AX685 / AX687, AX717 / AX723,
AX756 / AX759, AX763 / AX765, HK855, HK973, HK976,
HK980, HK981, HK990, VR955.
AX719 to HK975, AX722 to HK974.
Lodestar Mk. IA 10 C-59, aircraft in service with the RAF, first 3 retained by USAAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: EW973 / EW982.
Lodestar Mk. II 18 C-60, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: EW983 / EW997, FS737, FS738, HK852.
EW985 to HK851, FS737 to RR997, FS738 to RR998.
14 additional conversions cancelled.
L-18 28 L-18, 1940-1945, aircraft in service with the SAAF.
Assigned SAAF s/n: 231 / 249, 1370 / 1378.

Civil Conversions

Dallas Aero Service, Texas conversion:
DallAero Lodestar
- 22 L-18, 1957, various improvements.

Executive Aircraft Services Inc., Texas conversion:
Gulfstar
- 5 L-18, 1959, executive conversions.

Howard Aero Inc., Texas conversions:
(In 1963, became Business Air Craft Copr. (BACC))
Howard 250
- 39+ L-18, 1961, executive conversions.
H-250 Tri-Gear - 4 L-18, 1965, tricycle undercarriage.

Learcraft Conversions Inc., California conversions:
(In 1957, converted by Pacific Airmotive Corp., CA.)
Learstar Mk. I
- 23+ L-18, 1954, streamlined luxury conversions.
                           
Also converted as Mk. IA and Mk. IB.
Learstar Mk. II
- 14+ L-18, 1956, upgraded version.

Minnesota Airmotive Inc., Minnesota conversion:
Super Lodestar
- 1 L-18, 1956, streamlined executive conversion.

Wiplinger Aircraft Conversion:
Wiplinger Lodestar - 7+ L-18, 1954, executive conversions.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Lodestars used in military service by Australia, Brazil, Canada,
   The Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.
 - Many post WW2 civil conversions for cargo, agricultural and survey duties.

VENTURA / HARPOON / LEXINGTON PRODUCTION

Ventura Mk. I
Patrol bomber for RAF based on the L-18,
lengthened fuselage, engine upgrade.
S/n: AE662 to Lockheed as C-69 engine
test-bed, nicknamed "Ventellation".
Produced 1941 - 1942

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (VE)

(RAF) AE658 / AE845 37-4001 / 4188 188 Total: 0188
15 crashed before delivery.
80 to RAF, 21 to RCAF, no s/n change.
71 to SAAF, mixed 6001 to 6135.

Ventura Mk. II
As Ventura Mk. I, engine upgrade, greater bomb load.
Produced 1941 - 1943

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (VE)

(RAF) AE846 / AE957 137-4189 / 4300    
(RAF) AJ163 / AJ537 137-4301 / 4675 487 Total: 0487
10 crashed before delivery.
264 to USAAF as
Model 37.
27 (AJ511 / AJ537) to USN as
PV-3, BuNo. 33925 / 33951.
14 to RAF, 108 to RCAF, no s/n change.
64 to SAAF, mixed 6001 to 6135.

B-34 Lexington
As Ventura Mk. II, US armament / equipment.
Produced

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (VE)

41-38020 / 41-38219 137-4676 / 4875 200 Total: 0200
Delivered as Lend-Lease (B-34A-1-VE) Ventura Mk. IIA to:
(RAF) FD568 / FD767
23 to RAF, 43 to RCAF, no s/n change.
20 retained by USAAF as
B-34-VE.
101 retained by USAAF as
B-34A-2-VE (57), -3-VE (28), -4-VE (16).
- 20 later to RAAF as A59-1 / A59-20.
- 23 later to RNZAF NZ4583 / NZ4605.
13 retained by USAAF as
B-34B-1-VE.

XB-34B - Unofficial designation for a version of the PV-2, cancelled.

B-37
As B-34, engine upgrade, oval waist gun ports.
Original designation was O-56 for RAF as
Ventura Mk. III, then USAAF as RB-34B-LO.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

41-37470 / 41-37487 137-1001 / 1018 18 Total: 0018
532 additional airframes cancelled.

PV-1 Ventura
As B-34, maritime patrol bomber, external wing fuel tanks.
Produced 1942 - 1944

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.29723 / 29922 237-4876 / 5075    
BuNo.33067 / 33466 237-5076 / 5475    
BuNo.34586 / 34997 237-5476 / 5887    
BuNo.48652 / 48939 237-5888 / 6175    
BuNo.49360 / 49659 237-6176 / 6475 1600 Total: 1600
55 to RAAF as A59-50 / A59-104.
137 to RCAF as 2141 / 2277.
116 to RNZAF as NZ4501 / NZ4582,
NZ4606 / NZ4639.
14 to Brazil as 5034 / 5047.
387 delivered as
Ventura GR.Mk. V to:
(RAF) FN956 / FN999
(RAF) FP537 / FP684
(RAF) JS889 / JS984
(RAF) JT800 / JT898
20 to RCAF, no s/n change.
134 to SAAF as 6401 / 6534.

PV-2 Harpoon
As PV-1, revised fuselage, larger wing,
fins, increased armour protection.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.37065 / 37534 15-1031 / 1500 470 Total: 0470
4 to RNZAF as NZ4701 / NZ4704.
6 to Brazil as 5048 / 5051, 5074, 5076.

PV-2C Harpoon
As PV-2, conversion trainers.
Produced 1943 - 1944

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.37035 / 37064 15-1001 / 1030 30 Total: 0030

PV-2D Harpoon
As PV-2, 8 nose guns.
Produced 1945

Lockheed-Vega, Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.37535 / 37550 15-1501 / 1516    
BuNo.37624 / 37634 15-1590 / 1600    
BuNo.84057 / 84064 15-1601 / 1608 35 Total: 0035
873 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 3028

VENTURA / HARPOON / LEXINGTON CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

USAAF

R-Model 37 264 Ventura Mk. II, 1942, "restricted" for retained USAAF aircraft.
RB-34 20 B-34, 1942, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.
RB-34A 101 B-34A, 1942, "restricted" for training duties.
RB-34B 13 B-34B, 1942, "resticted" as navigation trainers.
RB-37 18 B-37, 1943, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.

US Navy

PV-1N 1+ PV-1, unofficial designation for night-fighter conversions.
PV-1P 1+ PV-1, 1945, unofficial designation for photo reconn. conversions.
PV-2T 1+ PV-2, unarmed trainers.
PV-4 - Projected PV-2 development, cancelled after VJ Day.

British RAF

Ventura Mk. IV - RAF designation not used.
Ventura GR.Mk. I 1+ Ventura Mk. I, 1943, phased out bombers for Coastal Command.
Ventura C.Mk. 5 1+ Ventura GR.Mk. V, post WW2 cargo conversions.

Civil Conversions

Howard Aero Inc., Texas conversions:
(In 1963, became Business Air Craft Corp. (BACC))
Howard Super Ventura
- 37+ PV-1, 1955, executive conversions.
Howard 350
- 28 PV-1, 1962, executive conversions.
Howard 400
- 4 PV-1, 1964, pressurized version of Howard 350.
Howard 500
- 22 PV-1, 1960, improved Super Ventura, pressurized.
                        
New c/n: 500-101 / 500-122.
Howard 700
- 1 PV-1, 1966, also known as "Eldorado 700".

Howard Super Harpoon
- 1 PV-2, 1959, executive conversion.

Oakland Airmotive Co., California conversion:
Oakland Centaurus
- 2 PV-2, 1958, executive conversions.

Spartan Aircraft Co., Oklahoma conversion:
Spartan Ventura
- 15 PV-1, 1948, executive conversions.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - PV-2 Harpoons in military service post WW2 with Brazil, France,
   Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Peru and Portugal.
 - Many post WW2 civil conversions for cargo, agricultural, survey
   and fire-bombing duties.

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