COASTAL FIGHTERS

BLENHEIMS SAW CONSIDERABLE SERVICE ON LONG-RANGE SHIPPING PROTECTION SORTIES, AS ANDREW THOMAS OUTLINES

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Blenheim IVf L9394 of 248 Squadron at Dyce, early 1941. 111 SQUADRON RECORDS
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Plt Off E H ‘Sam’ McHardy of 248 Squadron was one of the most successful ‘coastal’ fighter pilots and later served in 404 Squadron. E H MCHARDY

A brief way to describe the Bristol Blenheim’s RAF career would be ‘all theatres, all roles’. Born as a bomber, it quickly became a fighter and went on to carry out a wide range of training and support duties. Often forgotten amid the type’s incredible achievements, the Blenheim carved out an important niche with Coastal Command.

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