Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: A Bristol Blenheim Mk I bomber in flight.
Photo: [pre-1949] Taken by a member of the Canadian armed forces. Now, in the public domain.
BELOW: A Bristol Bolingbroke.
('Bolingbroke' was the name given to 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's.
Photo: [pre-1949] Original source unknown.
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Bristol 142M Blenheim IV / Z6350
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By the time war broke out, most of the Mk I Blenheims had been replaced by Mk IV variants (and later the Mk V).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.
BELOW: A Bristol Blenheim Mk IV cockpit on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
Photo: 2005 Mark Murphy. Released by the author to the public domain. (More details at Wikipedia)
Aircraft Accident Details
RAF Bristol Blenheim Z6350 of 5 AOS took off from RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man. The aircraft was heading for the Isle of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland to carry out a navigational training exercise (Navex). However, while overflying Kintyre in Argyll, the Blenheim ran short of fuel and crashed on a 329m hill about 5km SE of the village of Tayinloan in Kintyre.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Those who died in this accident were:
(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
Crash Site Photos
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 21 Dec 1941
Accident Site: Tayinloan (329m hill 5km to the SE of)
Nearest road: A83
Region: Argyll and Bute (Argyll)
Nearest village:Tayinloan (NW).
Nearest larger town: None in this general area.
Nearest available: Campbeltown
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Some small parts remain at the crash site.
Registration or Serial: Z6350
Operator: RAF (5 AOS (Air Observer School))
Operating Station: RAF Jurby.
Station Location: Jurby, Isle of Man.
Current Airport Status: Military operations ceased. Some runway sections remain. Other areas partly industrialised. Houses Isle of Man prison. Site also used for special events.
RAF and Related Links
RAF Bristol Blenheim (History)
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The Bristol Blenheim: A complete history (2nd edition, hardcover)
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Bristol Blenheim Z6350
Tayinloan, Kintyre, Argyll & Bute