WHEN WAR ERUPTED IN NORTH AFRICA, BLENHEIM CREWS WERE ENGAGED IN A BITTER STRUGGLE WITH ITALIAN FIGHTERS. ANDREW THOMAS DESCRIBES THE EARLY ENCOUNTERS
WAR IN THE DESERT BRISTOL BLENHEIM
When Italy declared war on Britain on June 10, 1940 the commanding officer of the RAF’s 211 Squadron, Sqn Ldr John Judge, ordered that a party be held to mark the occasion. Based at El Daba, to the west of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, 211 was one of six Bristol Blenheim units based in Egypt.