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The Bolingbroke was a Canadian version of the Bristol Blenheim IV light bomber. Although begun in England, the Bolingbroke name was dropped, except in Canada where they were built at Fairchild Aircraft Ltd. There were three versions made, including a floatplane (only one was built). Total number built 4,422
The Fleet Air Arm received 88 Blenheim Mk I and IVs which had been transferred from the RAF for Fleet Requirement training. Total: 16 Mk I , Mk IV – 55. The first was delivered to the RN at TOC Donisbristle in January 1941 (L1210), that same month 771 squadron was equipped at Hatston with the Blenheim (eg L1210). The aircraft saw service primarily with 771, 780, 772, and 787 squadrons. It ended its FAA career in November 1944 with 787 squadron.
With RAF, FAA, Air Ministry, Finland, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Romania, RCAF, French Free air force, South African air force, Greece, Luftwaffe, Italy.
Fleet Air Arm history
FAA 1939-1945: 88
First delivered to RN: 1941
First squadron 1939-1945: 1.41 to 771 sqdn at Hatston (L1210)
Operational squadron: None
Last serving with RN 787 sqdn at Burscough 11.44 Z5951
Battle Honours and Operational History
None with the FAA. The type made many wartime 'firsts' with the RAF. The aircraft was the first on September 3, 1939 to fly a reconnaissance mission over German territory, and the first to bomb German targets the next day.
RAF Blenheim Z-WM
Thirteen Blenheims are known to be in museum collections around the world, and one is airworthy. None are known to be former FAA aircraft. The single airworthy Blenheim in the world is at the British Aerial Museum, Duxford (UK), Fairchild Bolingbroke IV T 9893 Mk.IVT G-BPIV 'Q-VC'
Restored Bristol Blenheim "WM-Z"
Blenheim MkIV L8756/10001RCAF Preserved at the RAF Museum (UK)
Blenheim IVT C preserved in the UK
Bristol Blenheim BL-200 is storaged in Keski-Suomen Ilmailumuseo in Tikkakoski (Finland)