Bristol Blenheim P4848

Beninner, Dumfries & Galloway




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BELOW: A Bristol Blenheim Mk I bomber in flight.


A Bristol Blenheim Mark I in flight


Photo: [pre-1949] Taken by a member of the Canadian armed forces. Now, in the public domain.



BELOW: A Bristol Bolingbroke (the Canadian-built variant of the Blenheim).


Note the longer nose on this variant, compared to the Mk I variant above. This longer nose was a feature of both the Canadian-built Bolingbrokes and the British-built Blenheim Mk IV'sthe latter being the type featured here.


A Bristol Bolingbroke - the Canadian-built equivalent of the Blenheim


Photo: [pre-1949] Original source unknown.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Bristol 142M Blenheim IV / P4848



(Click here for RAF history of this type)



Ordered and funded initially by Lord Rothermere, the civilian Bristol Type 142 was designed to meet this tycoon's requirements for a private 'executive' aircraft. However, it proved so successful in trials that the Air Ministry requested the use of this aircraft for further evaluation.


Lord Rothermere donated his aircraft (named, 'Britain First') to the nation, whereupon the RAF immediately began extensive trials with this type. Ultimately, Lord Rothermere's Type 142 was to become the Bristol Type 142M (Military) and designated the 'Blenheim.'


The Bristol Type 142 had first flown in 1935. The Type 142M ('M' for 'Military' version) entered service with the RAF in 1937.


By the time war broke out, most of the Mk I Blenheims had been replaced by Mk IV variants (and later the Mk V). The Mks IV and V were essentially the same airframe, but equipped with two Bristol Mercury XV radial engines (or later in the Mk V). The Mk IV also had an extended nose and some other modifications.


The bomber was equipped with one 7.7mm / 0.303in Browning machine gun (port wing), and one 7.7mm / 0.303in Vickers machine gun (dorsal turret). It had an internal bomb capacity of 454kg / 1,000lb.


Unfortunately, the Blenheim was no match for the fast Luftwaffe fighters. Despite heroic attempts by the RAF to help avert shipping losses in the North Sea, many of these Blenheim bombers were lost in combat. Ultimately, the Mk IV Blenheims were replaced by Douglas Bostons and de Havilland Mosquitoes.



BELOW: A Bristol Blenheim Mk IV cockpit on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.


Bristol Blenheim Mk IV cockpit at IWM Duxford


Photo: 2005 Mark Murphy. Released by the author to the public domain. (More details at Wikipedia)






Aircraft Accident Details


Together with several other aircraft, Bristol Blenheim P4848 departed from RAF Perth (Scone) en route to RAF St Athan. This was one of the MOD's experimental aircraft, and was used for testing onboard electronics such as radio and radar.


Although the other Blenheims in the flight arrived safely at RAF St Athan, Blenheim P4848 failed to arrive. Ultimately, this aircraft was declared missing and a search was mounted to attempt to locate it. However, it took several days for the crash site to be located. The aircraft had crashed at Beninner [map] by Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.


Sadly, the pilot lost his life in this incident.





Aircraft Pilot Casualty


The pilot who died in this accident was:



Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.





Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Part of a cylinder head from one of the Blenheim's engines.


Part of a cylinder head from one of the Blenheim's engines.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: One of several pieces of aluminium from the airframe.


One of several pieces of aluminium from the airframe.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Remains of a propeller hub assembly.


Remains of a propeller hub assembly.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson











BELOW: Some of the wreckage is partly concealed by the long grass.


Some of the wreckage is partly concealed by the long grass.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: More wreckage lying in the long grass, and in a boggy area adjacent to the large boulder. (See following pages.)


More wreckage lying in the long grass, and in a boggy area adjacent to the large boulder.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another piece of wreckage lying in the boggy area.


Another piece of wreckage lying in the boggy area.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson




More photos from Gary Nelson's collection on


Pages 1-B, 1-C and 1-D




Earlier photo below





BELOW: Part of one of the two radial engines from the RAF Bristol Blenheim that crashed at Beninner.


part of a radial engine from the RAF bristol blenheim.


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel





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Additional wreckage photos can be seen on Pages 1-C and 1-D







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Crash Date / Site



Pages last updated: 10 Oct 2015


(More photos and pages added.)



Accident Date: 8 Nov 1939


Accident Site: Beninner



Nearest main road: A713


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village: St John's Town of Dalry (S)


Nearest larger town: New Galloway (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Engine wreckage still onsite.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: p4848


Operator: RAF (Special Duties Flight)


Departure Station: RAF Perth / RAF Scone.


Destination Station (Intended): RAF St Athan.


Current Station Status: Operational MOD Station.


Current Station Name: MOD St Athan.




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