Bristol Blenheim

Malta,Mediterranean

Right outside the coast of Delimara, southeast of Malta, rest a wreck of a Blenheim bomber from second world war on a depth of 39 to 42 meters. It is believed that she was lost 13. December 1941 after fighting over Greece where one of her engines was put out of action. She managed to fly back but had to do an emergency landing in the water. The remains of her rest approx one kilometer outside Marsaskala bay southeast of Malta on a depth of 38 to 42 meter.


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Bristol Blenheim

13,0 x 17,7 x 3,9 m
     
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4,4 tons ( empty ) Bristol ( UK )  ( UK )

35.8353°N 14.5747°E
( Source: Malta Dives )


Picture: Bristol Blenheim in 1941
Imperial War Museum
Photo No. K 135 62, Public domain
 
Underwater Video
"The Bristol Blenheim is a truly unique aircraft and was a milestone in the history of British aviation as the first stressed skin plane accepted by the RAF. It bore the brunt of the early war bombing effort and its crews paid a heavy price. Winston Churchill paid homage to their bravery and compared them to the "'Charge of the Light Brigade". At the start of the second world war the RAF had 1089 in active planes in service"