Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV Bomber
The first civilian Bristol Type 142 civil transport flew in April, 1935 and was intended as a fast civilian transport. The RAF was very interested in the new plane and ordered several. The first Bristol Blenheim light bomber was delivered March 1937. The Blenheim Mk.I was an all metal light bomber with retractable landing gear, a crew of 3, and a glazed nose. A total of 4,422 Blenheims were built of several versions. The Blenheim was used as a bomber, night fighter, reconnaissance plane, naval patrol craft and was the basis for the Beaufort torpedo bomber and the Beaufighter. The Blenheim was used extensively in the early years of WWII, particularly in the Battle Of Britain and the Battle Of France. The Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV was an improved version with more powerful engines and armor. The Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV was armed with 1 .303 cal. Browning machinegun in the port wing, 2 .303 cal. Browning machineguns in rear firing blister under the nose and 2 .303 cal. Browning machineguns in a dorsal turret and could carry 1200 lbs. of bombs. The Blenheim served with the RAF, FAA, Air Ministry, Finland, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Romania, RCAF, Free French air force, South African air force, Greece, Luftwaffe and Italy. This model shows a Blenheim Mk.IV flying with the Free French Lorraine Squadron in North Africa in 1942.