Aeroplane Monthly 1982-07
Personal album
This incident, photographed at either Felwell or Foulsham, Norfolk in 1943, was taken after an unidentified Halifax crushed a Mosquito after a night landing.
Three photographs of an unidentified Bristol Bisley being retrieved from a sand bank on Lake Manzala, Egypt. The Bisley was forced down after an oil feed pipe to the reduction gear came adrift causing the propeller to sheer. After the wings and engines were removed the fuselage was towed by multiple horse and cart chain to deep water where it was loaded onto pontoons by Royal Engineers. The Bisley was a temporary name given to the Blenheim V and was a modification of the Blenheim IV. Main changes were an improved windscreen, redesigned nose section and heavily armoured cockpit protected with about 600lb of detachable armour plating. In addition the heavily armoured dorsal turret could rotate through a full circle continuously.
Halifax B.III LW541 of No 192 Sqn seen after a night landing at Feltwell or Foulsham in Norfolk in 1943. Wellington Mk X HE826 of the same squadron was parked in the way and shortened the Halifax’s landing run and the Wellington was in turn pushed into a truck. Altogether a rather expensive incident.
Recovery of an unidentified Wellington from Lake Manzala, Egypt. The aircraft ran out of fuel en route to the Middle East from England. Because this Wellington was one of the first to be fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines its recovery was essential. The engines were first unbolted (see the fitter up to his neck in water in the middle picture of the three) and the dismantled aircraft was then hoisted aboard barges borrowed from a Greek shipping company and towed to port.