Aeroplane Monthly 1987-01
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A.Lumsden, T.Heffernan - Probe Probare (31)
Bristol Blenheim IV L4853, possibly being flown by A. J. “Bill” Peggy Bristol test pilot. Pegg was later to succeed Cyril Uwins as chief test pilot of the company.
Blenheim IV L4853 being flown by Bristol chief test pilot Cyril Uwins. This particular Blenheim was flown by No 2 School of Army Co-operation and crashed on August 5, 1940.
Blenheim IV L4835, one of the A&AEE trials aircraft. Following its trials, L4835 flew with 17 OCT.
Many Blenheims were fitted with rearward-firing Browning "scare guns" which had a limited effect as a deterrent to fighter attacks from behind and outside the reach of the mid-upper turret. This was the original single mounting and ammunition feed. The modification was encouraging enough for it to be adapted to incorporate twin guns in a more angular fitting: this was adopted for operational Blenheims, especially in 2 Group for low-level operations in Europe.
Two views of the early production Blenheim K7072, which became the Bolingbroke prototype, later known as the Blenheim IV. It is seen here with the definitive scalloped nose shape in which the navigator/bomb-aimer sat facing port.
L4835's fuel jettison pipe.
Further view of Blenheim IV L4835 taken during the A&AEE’s trials. Later, on December 14, 1940, this aircraft was destroyed when it flew into Clee Hill, Salop in poor visibility.
Further view of Blenheim IV L4835 taken during the A&AEE’s trials. Later, on December 14, 1940, this aircraft was destroyed when it flew into Clee Hill, Salop in poor visibility.
Many Blenheims were fitted with rearward-firing Browning "scare guns" which had a limited effect as a deterrent to fighter attacks from behind and outside the reach of the mid-upper turret. This was the original single mounting and ammunition feed. The modification was encouraging enough for it to be adapted to incorporate twin guns in a more angular fitting: this was adopted for operational Blenheims, especially in 2 Group for low-level operations in Europe.