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The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History,9780859791014

The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 12/24/2005
Publisher(s): Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

First published in 2002 to enormous critical acclaim The Bristol Blenheim draws on Graham Warner's unparalleled knowledge of this remarkable aircraft. Following the success of the first edition. Graham, former owner of the sole flying Blenheim, gained access to archives allowing him to add and fully update over 800 pieces of information. Additional statistics gathered from the Air Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence, Canadian archives and many private sources combine with over 40 new photographs to provide a truly comprehensive account of the Blenheim's origins, development and operational history.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11(2)
Acknowledgements 13(1)
Glossary 14(1)
Introduction to first edition 15(1)
Introduction to second edition 16(3)
Part 1 Genesis
The background to the Blenheim
19(12)
The birth of the Blenheim
31(13)
`Britain First'
44(14)
The pace quickens
58(14)
Into service
72(15)
Appendix 1: Fates of the first 12 Blenheims delivered to 90 Squadron
85(1)
Appendix 2: Fates of the seven replacement Blenheims delivered to 90 Squadron
86(1)
Trials and tribulations
87(18)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the UK to 31 August 1938 (Munich Agreement)
103(2)
The last year of peace
105(30)
Note 1: Exports to Finland
126(1)
Note 2: Exports to Yugoslavia
126(1)
Note 3: Exports to Turkey
127(1)
Note 4: Exports to Greece
127(1)
Note 5: Exports to Romania
127(3)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the UK, 1 September 1938 to 3 September 1939 (Munich Agreement to the outbreak of war)
130(5)
Part 2 Wartime service
War is declared
135(20)
Appendix 1: Blenheims, crews and losses on the first RAF raid of the win 4 September 1939
150(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on reconnaissance sorties, 3 September to 31 December 1939
151(1)
Appendix 3: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 3 September to 31 December 1939
152(3)
Shortcomings and improvements
155(17)
Note 1: Blenheims that served with the A&AEE
166(1)
Note 2: Blenheims that served with the RAE
166(1)
Note 3: Blenheims used by manufacturers for development trials
166(1)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on reconnaissance sorties, 1 January to 9 May 1940
167(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on shipping sweeps, 1 January to 9 May 1940
168(1)
Appendix 3: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1 January to 9 May 1940
168(4)
The Scandinavian diversions
172(15)
Notes 1 and 2: Some Blenheims delivered to Finland
184(1)
Note 3: Losses of Finnish Blenheim during the `Winter War'
184(1)
Note 4: Losses of Finnish Blenheim during the `Continuation' and `Lapland' Wars
184(1)
Note 5: Post-war Finnish Blenheim losses
185(1)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on shipping sweeps and anti-shipping sortie off Norway from 1 April to 10 May 1940
186(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses in raids on Stavanger/Sola airfield, Norway, to 10 May 1940
186(1)
Appendix 3: Coastal Command Blenheim losses from sorties to the Norwegian coast, 10 May to 30 June 1940
186(1)
Lightning war: four days in May 1940
187(15)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on the Western Front, 10 May 1940
199(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on the Western Front, 11 May 1940
200(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on the Western Front, 12 May 1940
200(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses on reconnaissance sorties over the Western Front, 13 May 1940
201(1)
In at the deep end
202(14)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on reconnaissance sorties, 14-16 May 1940
214(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on bombing sorties, 14-16 May 1940
214(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on the Gembloux raid, 17 May 1940
215(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses on combined bombing/reconnaissance sorties, 17 May 1940
215(1)
The fall of France
216(18)
Appendix 1: Pre-Dunkirk Blenheim operational losses, 18-26 May 1940
226(2)
Appendix 2: Bomber Command and AASF Blenheim losses during the evacuation from Dunkirk, 27 May to 2 June 1940
228(2)
Appendix 3: Other Blenheim losses during the fall of France, 3-22 June 1940
230(2)
Appendix 4: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 18 May to 22 June 1940
232(1)
Appendix 5: Non-operational Blenheim losses during the campaign in France, 10 May to 22 June 1940
232(2)
The pre-'Battle of Britain' phase
234(17)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on `cloud cover' raids, 23 June to 3 July 1940
245(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on reconnaissance sorties, 23 June to 3 July 1940
245(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on airfield raids, 30 June 1940
245(1)
Appendix 4: Losses of Blenheim night-fighters, June and July 1940
246(1)
Appendix 5: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 23 June to 31 July 1940
246(1)
Appendix 6: Blenheim losses in the raid on Stavanger, 9 July 1940
247(1)
Appendix 7: Blenheim losses in daylight raids on airfields, July 1940
248(1)
Appendix 8: Other Blenheim losses on night operations, July 1940
248(1)
Appendix 9: Other Blenheim losses on mixed operations, July 1940
249(1)
Appendix 10: Other Blenheim losses, 23 June to 31 July 1940
250(1)
August and September 1940
251(22)
Appendix 1: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in daytime operations, 1 August to 30 September 1940
264(1)
Appendix 2: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in night operations, 1 August to 30 September 1940
265(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on the Aalborg airfield raid, 13 August 1940
266(2)
Appendix 4: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 1 August to 30 September 1940
268(2)
Appendix 5: Fighter Command Blenheim losses, 1 August to 30 September 1940
270(1)
Appendix 6: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1 August to 30 September 1940
271(2)
October to December 1940
273(20)
Appendix 1: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in daytime operations, 1 October to 31 December 1940
284(1)
Appendix 2: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in night operations, 1 October to 31 December 1940
284(4)
Appendix 3: Fighter Command Blenheim losses, 1 October to 31 December 1940
288(1)
Appendix 4: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 1 October to 31 December 1940
289(2)
Appendix 5: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1 October to 31 December 1940
291(2)
January to April 1941
293(19)
Appendix 1: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in night operations, 1 January to 30 April 1941
302(1)
Appendix 2: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in `cloud cover' sorties, 1 January to 30 April 1941
303(1)
Appendix 3: Bomber Command Blenheim losses in anti-shipping sorties, 1 January to 30 April 1941
304(2)
Appendix 4: Fighter Command Blenheim losses, 1 January to 30 April 1941
306(1)
Appendix 5: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 1 January to 30 April 1941
306(3)
Appendix 6: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1 January to 30 April 1941
309(3)
A better Blenheim?
312(15)
Summer 1941
327(28)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on `Circus', `Roadstead' and `cloud cover' operations, May-July 1941
342(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on anti-shipping operations, May-July 1941
343(3)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on special daylight raids on Bremen and Rotterdam, July 1941
346(2)
Appendix 4: Coastal Command Blenheim losses (excluding `Circus' operations), May-July 1941
348(2)
Appendix 5: Fighter Command Blenheim losses, May-July 1941
350(1)
Appendix 6: Non-operational Blenheim losses, May-July 1941
350(5)
Autumn and winter 1941
355(25)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on the Cologne power stations raid of 12 August 1941
370(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses on the Heligoland submarine pens raid of 26 August 1941
370(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on the Rotterdam docks raid of 28 August 1941
371(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses on anti-shipping sorties, 1 August to 31 December 1941
371(3)
Appendix 5: Blenheim losses on `Circus' and `Ramrod' operations, 13 August to 31 December 1941
374(1)
Appendix 6: Blenheim losses on night intruder operations, 1 August to 31 December 1941
374(1)
Appendix 7: Blenheim losses on the `Combined Operations' raid on Vaagso, 27 December 1941
374(1)
Appendix 8: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1 August to 31 December 1941
375(5)
1942: a year of change
380(25)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses on Operation Fuller, the `Channel Dash', 12 February 1942
390(1)
Appendix 2: Coastal Command Blenheim losses, 1942
390(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses on night intruder sorties, 1942
391(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses on the `Combined Operations' raid on Dieppe, 19 August 1942
391(1)
Appendix 5: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1942
391(14)
Part 3 Blenheims in the Middle and Far Eastern Theatres of War
Opening rounds: the Western Desert and East Africa
405(23)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses prior to the outbreak of war in the Middle East on 11 June 1940
423(1)
Appendix 2: Operational Blenheim losses in the Western Desert, 11 June to 31 December 1940
424(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses en route to the Middle East, at sea, on ferry flights, and on Takoradi route to 31 December 1940
425(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses in East Africa and the Red Sea area, 11 June to 31 December 1940
426(1)
Appendix 5: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 11 June to 31 December 1940
427(1)
Greece and the Balkans
428(12)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the Greek War Zone, 3 November to 31 December 1940
438(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses in the Greek War Zone, 1 January to 5 April 1941
439(1)
The German invasion of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete
440(15)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the Greek War Zone, 6-30 April 1941
453(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses in the Crete War Zone, 20-31 May 1941
454(1)
Iraq, Syria and Iran
455(15)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in Iraq, 1-31 May 1941
467(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses in Syria, 14 May to 12 August 1941
467(1)
Appendix 3: Other Blenheim losses in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Palestine, 1941
468(2)
The next rounds in the Western Desert
470(31)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses en route to the Middle East, at sea, on ferry flights, and on Takoradi route, 1941-2
482(2)
Appendix 2: Operational Blenheim losses, 1941
484(4)
Appendix 3: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1941
488(1)
Appendix 4: Operational Blenheim losses, 1942
489(2)
Appendix 5: Non-operational Blenheim losses, 1942
491(2)
Appendix 6: Blenheim losses in East Africa, Red Sea and Gulf areas, 1941 and 1942
493(3)
Appendix 7: Some Blenheim losses by Free French Units, 1941 and 1942
496(1)
Appendix 8: Blenheim losses by Middle East Command Training Units, 1941 to 1942
497(4)
Malta
501(21)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the Malta area, 1 May 1941 to 12 July 1942
518(4)
Tunisia: Blenheim swansong in the Middle East
522(17)
Appendix 1: Mk V Blenheim losses during delivery to the Middle East
532(1)
Appendix 2: Mk V Blenheim losses in preparation/transit for Operation Torch
533(1)
Appendix 3: Mk V Blenheim losses in Operation Torch and the North Africa campaign to 31 December 1942
533(2)
Appendix 4: Mk V Blenheim losses in campaigns in North Africa and Sicily from 1 January 1943
535(1)
Appendix 5: Mk V Blenheim losses to 15 Squadron SAAF
536(1)
Appendix 6: Mk V Blenheim losses by other squadrons and units in the Middle East
537(2)
The fall of Malaya and Singapore
539(18)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses prior to the Japanese invasion
555(1)
Appendix 2: Operational Blenheim losses from 8 December 1941 to 31 January 1942
556(1)
The East Indies, Burma, Ceylon and India
557(30)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses in the East Indies (Borneo, Sumatra and Java), February 1942
579(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses in Burma
579(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses in Ceylon, (Sri Lanka) area
580(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses in India to 31 May 1942
581(1)
Appendix 5: Other known Blenheim losses in the Far East
582(1)
Appendix 6: Blenheim losses in India from 1 June 1942
582(5)
Part 4 Blenheims in the background
Support and Flying Training Units
587(46)
Note 1: List of Support Units and their bases
615(2)
Note 2: List of Training Units and their bases
617(2)
Appendix 1: Blenheim losses by Support Units in the UK from 1 January 1943
619(1)
Appendix 2: Blenheim losses by Support Units in the Middle East from 1 January 1943
620(1)
Appendix 3: Blenheim losses by Support Units in the Far East from 1 January 1943
621(1)
Appendix 4: Blenheim losses by Training Units in the UK from 1 January 1943
622(5)
Appendix 5: Blenheim losses by Training Units in the Middle East and Africa from 1 January 1943
627(1)
Appendix 6: Blenheim losses by Training Units in the Far East from 1 January 1943
628(1)
Appendix 7: RCAF Bolingbroke losses in Canada
629(4)
Conclusion 633(1)
Blenheim production 634(3)
A cutaway drawing of a MK IV Blenheim 637(2)
Bibliography 639(4)
Index 643

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