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The Bristol Blenheim Type 142M

In March 1934 the proprietor of the Daily Mail, Lord Rothermere, agreed with the Bristol Aeroplane Company for them to build for him "the fastest commercial aeroplane in Europe". The Type 142 first flew on 12 April 1935 and when tested at Martlesham Heath caused a furore when it proved to be 50 mph faster than the prototype Gloster Gladiator, a biplane single seat fighter destined for RAF duties. Orders for a light bomber version quickly followed and the prototype Blenheim I first flew on 25 June 1936.

Testing the aircraft showed that it was perhaps too stable and RAF pilots of the time commented that it was pig to turn and bank. Fighter/bomber needed to be like fighters in that a measure of instability allowed them to be more agile in combat, which would allow them to evade contact. Wing Commander Louis (later Air Commodore Sir Louis) Dickens, the CO of the first active Blenheim squadron, No 139, was heard to comment, "It is an absolute bastard to fly". Prior to being CO of 139 squadron he had been flying as an aerobatic pilot at air shows in order to get young men to join up.

The Blenheim, a Mk IV (N6204) piloted by Flt Lt Kenneth Christopher Doran of No. 110 Squadron is credited with dropping the first allied bombs of WW2. It was on German shipping at Wilhelmshaven on September 4th 1939. For this the pilot was awarded one of the first two gallantry awards of the war a DFC

Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I