A BLENHEIM OPENED 23 SQUADRON’S ‘ACCOUNT’ BY DOWNING A HEINKEL HE 111. BUT, AS ANDREW THOMAS EXPLAINS, THE TRIUMPH WAS COSTLY
Arestored Blenheim has graced British skies since November 2014. The painstaking renovation by the Aircraft Restoration Company team produced a short-nosed Mk.If fighter, painted in the colours of L6739 of 23 Squadron.
It was in December 1938 at Wittering, near Stamford, that 23 Squadron took charge of twinengined Blenheim Ifs. The type transformed the unit’s interception abilities, replacing obsolescent Hawker Demon biplanes. Fitted with an under-fuselage pack carrying four Browning machine-guns, the Blenheims were intended for longrange day and night duties.