Bristol Blenheim MKI and MKIV

The Bristol Blenheim was a twin-engined light bomber,used by the squadron for training purposes from November 1939 to April 1940

Profile

Bristol Blenheim MKIV Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft on charge of No. 35 Squadron

No. 35 Squadron started to re-equip with the Bristol Blenheim on 8th November 1939.

It utilised both the MKI and MKIV for training purposes until April 1940 (when the squadron was disbanded).

Blenheim MKI Profile 1

Blenheim MKI Profile (Blenheim MKIV Profile shown at top of page)

The following shows the serial numbers of the aircraft that are known to have been on charge of the squadron, along with the period it was on charge (where known):

MKI SerialsOn ChargeOff Charge
K711523/02/194022/04/1940
K711622/03/194022/04/1940
L110022/03/194015/04/1940
L1203 19/11/193930/11/1939
L120519/11/193922/04/1940
L126427/11/193922/04/1940
L131010/02/194022/04/1940
MKIV Serials
L488807/03/194022/04/1940
L488916/03/194022/04/1940
L489109/04/194022/04/1940
L489216/03/194022/04/1940
L489402/04/194022/04/1940
L489529/03/194022/04/1940
L489809/03/194022/04/1940
L490018/04/194022/04/1940
L883929/12/193922/04/1940
L884529/12/193912/03/1940
L884629/12/193922/04/1940
N616611/02/194007/03/1940
N617411/02/194009/04/1940
N617611/02/194009/03/1940
N618111/02/194029/03/1940
N618211/02/194015/03/1940
P490007/11/193906/04/1940
P490730/11/193922/04/1940
P4912[1]09/11/193903/12/1939
P4912[2]10/02/194002/03/1940
P690507/11/193902/04/1940
P690607/11/193902/03/1940
P690713/11/193914/11/1939
P690809/11/193918/04/1940
P691811/02/194006/04/1940
P691914/02/194022/04/1940
R362009/04/194022/04/1940
R362109/04/194022/04/1940

Aircraft Losses and Incidents 

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Crew

The Bristol Blenheim was typically crewed by a pilot, navigator and WOP / Air Gunner.

Equipment

The MKI was equipped with:

  • 1 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine gun in the port wing
  • 1 x  0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K gun in the dorsal turret

It had a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lb (450 kg)

The MKIV was equipped with:

  • 1 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine gun in the port wing
  • 2 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine-guns in a powered operated dorsal turret
  • 2 remotely controlled rearward-firing 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine guns mounted beneath the nose.

It had a  maximum bomb load of 1,000 lb (450 kg) internally and 320 lb (150 kg) externally.