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Some forgotten heroes of World war 2

The Blenheim a direct descendant of the 'Britain First', sponsored by Lord Rothermere, finally moved the RAF from biplanes into the modern era of stressed skin monoplanes with retractable landing gear and flaps. When first shown to the public in 1935, the Britain First proved to be at least 50 mph faster than the current front line fighters.

When the Blenheim went into service in 1937, it was ahead of its time, but progress was so rapid that by 1940, compared to German aircraft, it was under powered, under-armed and an easy target for German fighters. This made each sortie flown hazardous for the crews. A quote by a wartime pilot, G Page DSO, DFC in his book 'Tale of a Guinea Pig' says "For the pilots sent to war in 'Fairey Battles' and 'Blenheims' the best thing to say for them was a quiet 'Amen'. Their spilt blood and battered bodies bore fitting testimony to the crime of disarmament in time of peace." Nevertheless, at the beginning of the war, motivation and spirits were high; these ordinary young men believed in their abilities, but more importantly, in themselves.

This then is the background against which 36 young men set off for an adventure.

A Flight of Blenheim Mk 1's