Bristol Blenheim Mk IV

Bristol Blenheim Mk IV  Z9583
Groupe Reserve de Bombardement 1, Free French Air Force. 1941.

Bristol Blenheim Mk IV 1/144 scale pewter limited edition aircraft model as flown by the Free French Air Force in North Africa. Handmade by Staples and Vine Ltd.

Scale 1:144     Wingspan 4.72″ (123 mm)
Base size 4.84″ (123 mm) square (No. 3)
Weight not including base 4 ozs (113 grams)
Total number of models produced 25

Groupe Reserve de Bombardement 1 formed part of The Forces Aeriennes Frances Libres in North Africa during 1941. This aircraft feauturing the distinctive Cross of Lorraine marking, operated alongside the RAF’s No 1430 Flight with support from 47 Sqn. The unit later became part of Groupe Lorraine when it formed in late 1941, returning to England in October 1942 to be re equipped with Halifax’s and take part in the Bomber Command offensive in Europe. The Blenheim IV was relatively succesful in the Desert Air War but could be vulnerable to enemy fighters.