Bristol Type 160 Blenheim V: The Final Blenheim

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Introduction:

As hinted at in my Bisley MK.I suggestion, as promised here is the definitive Blenhiem, the mass produced MK.V with nearly 1000 examples of this bomber being made by Rootes Securities at Speke before production ceased. This equated to about 1/4th of all Blenhiem production, and though the aircraft lacked a distingished service history it did serve with 8 squadrons in north africa, and 4 in the middle east, as well as a good number of other nations after the war. Because of this i think it would make a good addition to the british air tech tree in game :).png β€œ:)”)

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Vehicle History:

Using the knowlage gained from the Bisley prototypes a new aircraft was devised as the need the need for a ground attack aircraft quickly disappeared in 1940 after the fall of France. The bisley prototype was then modified to become a high altitude bomber, which involed the reinclusion of a navigator/ bomb aimers position located in the new nose, which reused the areodynamic shape of the previous duckbill nose that had contained 4 .303 machineguns. This was not ideal unfortunately as the new nose was so cramped that the navigator had to be given a footwell, just in front of the rear-firing Frazer-Nash turret which was hidden inside the belly turret fairing. This turret was also supplimented by a new Bristol BX dorsal turret, which was also equipt with two .303 machine guns. These turrets combined with other changes increased the overall weight of the MK.V to 17,000 lbs. This would have been fine if not for the fact the type used the same engines with the same ratings as the Mk.IV, and so performance was reduced.

Regardless of these flaws, the MK.V saw service in North Africa during Operation Torch, where unsurprisingly it was found to be increasingly vunerable to newer german fighters and as expected it suffered heavy losses. Because of this they where often escorted by the closely related beaufighter’s and would go on to serve in the far east attacking japanese positions in burma. Because of its issues though the MK.V did not see much action after operation torch and was mainly relegated to secondary theaters, mainly in the middle east and far east, where they where commonly replaced by mosquitos or beufighters after only a few months. in total the plan would go on to serve in 13 squadrons, starting with 139 squadron in june of 1942.

Historical Photos:

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Photo showing gun in the left wing of a plane in service in north africa:

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Vehicle Specification:

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The 6 guns present in the first stat card i belive is a mistake confusing the mk,v for the bisley, though it was a common modification to inclue a gun in the port wing, as seen in my last historcal photo.

The bomb load it carried was identical to other later Blenhiem variants and amounted to up to 454 kg of bombs in the bomb compartment and 145 kg on external suspensions.

The possible standard bombbay configurations are as follows:

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The wing racks could carry the common load of 2x 250 or 2x 500 pound bombs.

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+1, we could always do with some more light bombers

Very cool! This would be a great plane to use. +1