Titles: Bristol 142M (149, 160) Blenheim No’s 1 to 3

The Bristol 142M Blenheim I light bomber first flew in 1935 and at the time was extremely advanced, being one of the first British aircraft with stressed skin, retractable undercarriage, and variable pitch propellers, etc. It was faster than most of the biplane fighters then in service but this performance advantage was short-lived with the rapid development of monoplane fighters. It found a successful niche as a night fighter.

An improved version with more powerful engines and a lengthened nose was produced as the Type 149 Blenheim IV. A variant of this mark was manufactured under licence in Canada where it was known as the Bolingbroke IV. The final version was the Type 160 Blenheim V, featuring improved structure and armour and more powerful engines, which was used mainly in the high altitude bombing role.

We offer three titles containing the pilot’s notes for most variants of the Blenheim plus the Canadian Bolingbroke version, an RAF Servicing and Descriptive Manual and a manufacturer’s brochure. Each title is US$9.95. The files have been copied from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



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Title 1 contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Blenheim I, AP1530A-PN dated April 1939 with approx. 30 pages.
  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Blenheim IV, AP1530B-PN dated September 1939 with approx. 34 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Blenheim V, AP1530C-PN dated June 1942 with approx. 25 pages.
  • RAF Servicing and Descriptive Manual for the Blenheim V, AP1530C Volume 1 dated December 1941 with approx. 271 pages.

Title 3 contains:

  • RCAF Pilot’s Notes for the Bolingbroke IV, CAF Publication 81 Vol 2 dated September 1942 with approx. 39 pages. (Unfortunately, incomplete. The last 12 paragraphs of Section II are missing, but still extremely rare.)
  • Manufacturer’s brochure for the Blenheim I, undated with approx. 25 pages.