Bristol Blenheim Mk I – 211 Sqn RAF, Gordon Finlayson (The Bish), Paramythia, Greece, 1940
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA38404: Bristol Blenheim Mk I of 211 Sqn RAF, Gordon Finlayson (The Bish), Paramythia, Greece, 1940. Limited Edition of 1,800 Pieces.
Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
In April 1938, 211 Sqn embarked for the Middle East. It undertook its first operations in June 1940 against Italian targets in Libya and continued until November 1940 when the squadron was sent to assist the Greeks following the Italian invasion of that country. The CO was Sqn Ldr J. Gordon-Finlayson (“The Bish”) flying Blenheim L8511. This aircraft was badly damaged in action and made a forced landing. The crew were reported missing, but were in fact marooned on an island. Days later after an eventful journey they returned. For this action “The Bish” was awarded the DFC. Very soon he was back in the air in L6670, a replacement aircraft transferred from 84 Sqn. Shortly afterwards, on 2nd December, he flew L6670 to attack Valona harbour and returned safely despite damage to the aircraft caused by defending enemy fighters. He continued to fly throughout the winter in what were extremely difficult weather conditions, over mountainous terrain. In March 1941 “The Bish” was awarded the DSO and promoted to Wing Commander.
Designed in response to a challenge by media mogul Lord Rothermere, who wanted the British to recapture the title of “fastest European civilian aircraft,” the Bristol Blenheim first flew as “Britain First” on April 12, 1935. Faster than any fighter then in service with the RAF, the aircraft captured the attention of the Air Ministry, which issued a specification for a bomber version. The Blenheim was used extensively during the early part of WWII and was later adapted as a night fighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to use flaps, retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers.