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Bristol Types 142, 143, 149 and 160

Including Blenheim, Bolingbroke & Bisley

For a description of the format and data included in Production Tables, see here.

U.K. Produced Variants

Type 142 'Britain First' Six passenger, two crew, low wing all metal high speed transport. Two 650 h.p. Bristol Mercury VIS2 powerplants.
Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I
 
 
 
Three crew light bomber development of the Type 142 to Specification 28/35 to meet the requirements of OR.26, with the wing moved from a low-wing to a mid-wing position, allowing room under the main spar for a bomb bay, a dorsal gun position and a new nose design with a stepless cockpit transparency. Two 840 h.p. Bristol Mercury VIII powerplants. Production also undertaken by A.V. Roe to Specification 2/37 and Rootes Securities Ltd to Specification 33/36.
Type 142M Blenheim Mk.IF Long range fighter development of the Mk.I featuring a pack under the fuselage for four .303 in Browning machine guns.
Type 142M Blenheim II As Blenheim Mk.I but featuring the additional outer wing tanks of the Mk.IV.
Type 143
 
Six passenger, two crew, low wing high speed transport to Specification 14/37, featuring 70% commonality of components with the tpe 142, but with reduced performance. Two 500 h.p. Bristol Aquilla I powerplants.
Type 149 Bolingbroke Mk.I
 
 
 
 
General reconnaissance and coastal bomber, initially to Specification G.24/35 to meet the requirements of OR.25, later to Specification 11/36 to meet the requirements of OR.39; minimal change from the Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I but featuring a 3ft extended nose and extra fuel tanks in the outer wings. Two 840 h.p. Bristol Mercury VIII powerplants.
Production of the Bolingbroke was also proposed for Australia to Specification 10/37, but this was cancelled and replaced by the Beaufort.
Type 149 Blenheim Mk.IV
 
 
Light bomber development of the Type 149 Bolingbroke Mk.I featuring the same extra fuel tanks in the outer wings and increased fuselage length but with the pilots position moved back to that of the Mk.I, giving a more traditional stepped cockpit. Two 920 h.p. Bristol Mercury XV powerplants. Production also undertaken by Rootes Securities Ltd to Specification 34/36.
Type 149 Blenheim Mk.IVF Long range fighter development of the Mk.IV featuring a pack under the fuselage for four .303 in Browning machine guns.
Type 149CS Bisley Mk.I Iniial designation of Type 160 Blenheim V in close support configuration.
Type 149HA Bisley Mk.I Iniial designation of Type 160 Blenheim in medium to high level bomber configuration.
Type 160 Blenheim Mk.V
 
 
Originally named Bisley and proposed in two versions: a medium to high level bomber, or low altitude close support machine, both to Specification B.6/40 to meet the requirements of OR.83. Based on the Type 149 Mk.IV featuring either a a glazed nose or a solid nose with four .303 machine guns and extensive armour plating. Two 950 h.p. Bristol Mercury 25 or 30 powerplants.


Canadian Produced Variants

Bolingbroke Mk.I As Blenheim Mk.IV with two 840 h.p. Bristol Mercury XIII powerplants.
Bolingbroke Mk.II As Bolingbroke Mk.I with American equipment and instruments.
Bolingbroke Mk.III Bolingbroke Mk.I converted to floatplane. Two 920 h.p. Bristol Mercury XV powerplants (later machines fitted with Mercury XX).
Bolingbroke Mk.IV Bolingbroke Mk.II fitted with two 920 h.p. Bristol Mercury XV powerplants.
Bolingbroke Mk.IV-C Bolingbroke Mk.IV fitted with two 850 h.p. Wright Cyclone G3B powerplants.
Bolingbroke Mk.IV-T
 
Navigation and Gunnery training version of Bolingbroke Mk.IV, with a Boulton Paul dorsal turret replacing the standard Bristol one.
Bolingbroke Mk.IV-W Bolingbroke Mk.IV fitted with two 825 h.p. Pratt & Whitney SB4-G Twin Wasp Junior powerplants.


Projected Variants

Type 143F
 
A convertible version of the Type 143 with interchangeable nose and rear fuselage sections enabling it to perform a variety of roles, to meet a Finnish government requirement Two Bristol Mercury VI powerplants.
Type 149
 
General reconnaissance and coastal bomber to Specification G.24/35 to meet the requirements of OR.25, featuring a wider fuselage. Two Bristol Aquilla powerplants. Eventually developed into the Type 152.
Type 149 Blenheim Mk.III As Blenheim Mk.IV but without the additional outer wing tanks.



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C/n Initial Registration Notes
 1 aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset. First flew June 1935.
 7838  G-ADCZ  Built for Lord Rothermere as 'Britain First', but retained by Bristol. Registration never carried, flown with 'B' Conditions marking R-12. To K7557.
Total Production   1

C/n Initial Registration Notes
 1 aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset. First flew Juanuary 1936.
7839  G-ADEK  Registration never carried, flown with 'B' Conditions marking R-14. Retained by Bristol as Aquila testbed.
Total Production   1




Types 142M, 149 and 160 Blenheim, Bolingbroke and Bisley - UK Built

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Serial Range C/n Type Batch Qty Conv. Canc'd Notes
Type 142 prototype presented the Air Council under contract 419009/35 in July 1935.
 K7557  7838  Type 142    (1)    
 150 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 435061/35. Delivered between January 1937 and January 1938.
 K7033 - K7182  7986-8135  Mk.I  150      See note 1
 18 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat), to contract 500/36. Delivered between July 1937 and July 1938.
 BL104 - BL121  8137-8154  Mk.I  18      
 12 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri). Delivered between October 1937 and June 1938.
 2501-2512  8155-8166  Mk.I  12      8155 & 8156 deld by sea; 8157-8166 ferry flight regns G-AFFP-'FZ
 134 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, as Bolingbroke Mk.I, but cancelled and replaced by an equal number of Blenheim Mk.IV and all serial numbers
 reallocated.
 L1531 - L1546  8168-8183  Bolingbroke      16  
 L4817 - L4834  8184-8201        18  
 L4835 - L4902  8202-8269        68  
 L4903 - L4934  8270-8301        32  
 450 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contracts 527111/36 and 529181/36. Delivered between February 1938 and March 1939.
 L1097 - L1546  8380-8829  Mk.I  450      L1222 was fitted with extra fuel tanks and was effectively a Mk.II.
             L1431 to South Africa.
 2 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Yugoslav Royal Air Force (Jugoslovensko Kraljevsko Ratno Vazduhoplovstuo). Delivered in November 1937.
 1, 2  8814-8815  Mk.I  2      Ferry flight regns G-AFCE, 'CF; Pattern aircraft for Yugoslav production
 118 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 529181/36. Delivered as 50 Mk.I and 68 Mk.IV between March and July 1939.
 L4817 - L4834  8830-8847  Mk.I  18      
 L4835 - L4902  8850-8917  Mk.IV  68      
 L4903 - L4934  8918-8949  Mk.I  32      
 250 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract 588371/36. Delivered between August 1938 and March 1940.
 L6594 - L6843    Mk.I  250      
 250 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 551920/37. Delivered between November 1938 and August 1939.
 L8362 - L8407    Mk.I  46      
 L8433 - L8482      50      
 L8500 - L8549      50      
 L8597 - L8632      36      
 L8652 - L8701      50      
 L8714 - L8731      18      
 130 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 551920/37. Delivered between September and November 1939.
 L8732 - L8761    Mk.IV  30      
 L8776 - L8800      25      
 L8827 - L8876      50      
 L9020 - L9044      25      
 18 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Turkish Air Force. Delivered between November 1938 and February 1939.
 2513 - 2530  9222-9239  Mk.I  18      Ferry flight regns G-AFLA-'LS
 220 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 569202/36. Delivered between November 1939 and March 1940.
 L9170 - L9218    Mk.IV  49      Built as Mk.I but modified to Mk.IV before delivery.
 L9237 - L9273      37      Built as Mk.I but modified to Mk.IV before delivery.
 L9294 - L9342      49      
 L9375 - L9422      48      
 L9446 - L9482      37      
 100 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract 588371/36. Delivered between March and June 1940.
 N3522 - N3545    Mk.IV  24      
 N3551 - N3575      25      
 N3578 - N3604      27      
 N3608 - N3631      24      
 100 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 774679/38. Delivered between April and August 1939.
 N6140 - N6174  9240-9274  Mk.IV  35      
 N6176 - N6220  9275-9319    45      
 N6223 - N6242  9320-9339    20      
 70 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 774679/38. 6   diverted to Grece, remainder delivered between August and October 1939.
 P4825 - P4864  9340-9379  Mk.IV  40      
 P4898 - P4927  9380-9409    24      P4910, P4911, P4915, P4916, P4921, P4922 diverted to Greece.
 62 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 774679/38. 6   diverted to Grece, remainder delivered between September 1939 and January 1940.
 P6885 - P6934  9410-9459    44      P6891, P6892, P6897, P6898, P6903, P6904   diverted to Greece.
 P6950 - P6961  9460-9471    12      
 12 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Royal Hellenic Air Force (RHAF) (Ἑλληνικὴ Βασιλικὴ Ἀεροπορία, Ellinikí Vasilikí Aeroporía). Delivered between
 October 1939 and February 1940.
 B.251 - B.262  9862-9873 (see note 1)  Mk.IV  12      Ferry flight regns G-AFXD-'XO. Ex   P4910, P4911, P4915, P4916, P4921, P4922,   P6891, P6892,
             P6897, P6898, P6903, P6904 respectively
 255 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract 588371/36. 30 delivered between June and July 1940, the remainder cancelled.
 R2770 - R2799    Mk.IV  30      
 R2800 - R2805          6  
 R2825 - R2864          40  
 R2877 - R2926          50  
 R2939 - R2963          25  
 R2995 - R3040          46  
 R3076 - R3128          53  
 R3140 - R3144          5  
 250 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 1485/39. Delivered between March and June 1940.
 R3590 - R3639    Mk.IV  50      
 R3660 - R3709      50      
 R3730 - R3779      50      
 R3800 - R3849      50      
 R3870 - R3919      50      
 400 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 1485/39. Delivered between June and October 1940.
 T1793 - T1832    Mk.IV  40      
 T1848 - T1897      50      
 T1921 - T1960      40      
 T1985 - T2004      20      
 T2031 - T2080      50      
 T2112 - T2141      30      
 T2161 - T2190      30      
 T2216 - T2255      40      
 T2273 - T2292      20      
 T2318 - T2357      40      
 T2381 - T2400      20      
 T2425 - T2444      20      
 800 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 1485/39. Delivered between October 1940 and May 1941.
 V5370 - V5399    Mk.IV  30      
 V5420 - V5469      50      
 V5490 - V5539      50      
 V5560 - V5599      40      
 V5620 - V5659      40      
 V5680 - V5699      20      
 V5720 - V5769      50      
 V5790 - V5829      40      
 V5850 - V5899      50      
 V5920 - V5969      50      
 V5990 - V6039      50      
 V6060 - V6099      40      
 V6120 - V6149      30      
 V6170 - V6199      30      
 V6220 - V6269      50      
 V6290 - V6339      50      
 V6360 - V6399      40      
 V6420 - V6469      50      
 V6490 - V6529      40      
 420 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract B.119994/40. Delivered between July 1940 and May 1941.
 Z5721 - Z5770    Mk.IV  50      
 Z5794 - Z5818      25      
 Z5860 - Z5909      50      
 Z5947 - Z5991      45      
 Z6021 - Z6050      30      
 Z6070 - Z6104      35      
 Z6144 - Z6193      50      
 Z6239 - Z6283      45      
 Z6333 - Z6382      50      
 Z6416 - Z6455      40      
 600 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 1485/39. 430 delivered between May and November, 1941, remainder cancelled.
 Z7271 - Z7320    Mk.IV  50      
 Z7340 - Z7374      35      
 Z7406 - Z7455      50      
 Z7483 - Z7522      40      
 Z7577 - Z7596      20      
 Z7610 - Z7654      45      
 Z7678 - Z7712      35      
 Z7754 - Z7803      50      
 Z7841 - Z7860      20      
 Z7879 - Z7928      50      
 Z7958 - Z7992      35      
 Z7993 - Z8002          10  
 Z8050 - Z8099          50  
 Z8143 - Z8167          25  
 Z8202 - Z8236          35  
 Z8274 - Z8323          50  
 400 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract B.119994/40. 200 delivered between May and October, 1941, remainder cancelled.
 Z9533 - Z9552    Mk.IV  20      
 Z9572 - Z9621      50      
 Z9647 - Z9681      35      
 Z9706 - Z9755      50      
 Z9792 - Z9836      45      
 Z9886 - Z9935          50  
 Z9949 - Z9978          30  
 AA100 - AA144          45  
 AA178 - AA202          25  
 AA224 - AA273          50  
 2 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 124276/40. Cancelled and replaced by DJ702 and DJ707.
 AA276, AA279    Mk.V      2  
 2 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 69296/40. First flew February 1941.
 AD657  9874  Type 149CS  1      Originally designated   Bisley Mk.I.
 AD661  9875  Type 149HA  1      Originally designated   Bisley Mk.I.
 5 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 1485/39 as replacement aircraft. No record of delivery; presumed cancelled.
 AE449 - AE453    Mk.IV      5  
 L1431 re-serialed after its returm from South Africa.
 AX683    Mk.I        
 780 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs. (approx. 50 aircraft), and Blythe Bridge, Staffs., to contract 1485/39. Delivered between October 1940 and May 1941.
 AZ861 - AZ905    Mk.V  45      
 AZ922 - AZ971      50      
 AZ984 - AZ999      16      
 BA100 - BA118      19      
 BA133 - BA172      40      
 BA191 - BA215      25      
 BA228 - BA262      35      
 BA287 - BA336      50      
 BA365 - BA409      45      
 BA424 - BA458      35      
 BA471 - BA505      35      
 BA522 - BA546      25      
 BA575 - BA624      50      
 BA647 - BA691      45      
 BA708 - BA757      50      
 BA780 - BA829      50      
 BA844 - BA888      45      
 BA907 - BA951      45      
 BA978 - BB102      25      
 BB135 - BB184      50      
 375 aircraft ordered from   A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Chadderton, Lancs., to contract B.119994/40. Cancelled.
 BE720 - BE769    Mk.IV      50  
 BE782 - BE816          35  
 BE834 - BE883          50  
 BE897 - B5941          45  
 BE955 - BE994          40  
 BF109 - BF138          30  
 BF152 - BF186          35  
 BE199 - BF248          50  
 BF264 - BF303          40  
 2 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Speke, Liverpool, Lancs, to contract 124276/40. Delivered in September 1941.
 DJ702, DJ707    Mk.V  2      
 415 aircraft ordered from Rootes Securities Ltd., Blythe Bridge, Staffs., to contract 1485/39. 160 delivered between December 1942 and June 1943, remainder cancelled.
 EH310 - EH355    Mk.V  46      
 EH371 - EH420      50      
 EH438 - EH474      37      
 EH491 - EH517      27      
 EH518 - EH533          16  
 EH550 - EH581          32  
 EH599 - EH634          36  
 EH651 - EH700          50  
 EH718 - EH749          32  
 EH763 - EH796          34  
 EH802 - EH831          30  
 EH848 - EH872          25  
  Total Production 5436 (1) 1366  




Type 142M Blenheim - UK Built Exports

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Aircraft Either Delivered Directly or Ex-RAF Aircraft Refurbished, Except as Noted (In alphabetical order by country)
Serial Range C/n Type Qty Notes
Finland  18 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat), to contract 500/36. Delivered between July
 1937 and July 1938.
 BL104 - BL121  8137-8154  Mk.I  18    I Series. Ferry serials OH-IBA - OH-IBR.
   12 aircraft supplied to the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat) from RAF stock. Delivered in January 1940.
 BL122- BL133    Mk.IV  12    III Series. Ex RAF L9025, L9026, L9028, L9195 - L9203. Ferry serials OH-IPA - OH-IPL
   12 aircraft supplied to the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat) from RAF stock. Delivered in February 1940.
 BL134 - BL145    Mk.I  12    IV Series. Ex RAF L1345, L1347, L1354, L1362 +8. Ferry serials OH-IPA - OH-IPL
France  31 aircraft supplied to the Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres (FAFL, Free French Air Force) from RAF stock. Delivered between August 1940 and November 1943.
     Mk.IV  24    N3582?, N3622 - N3624, R3877, T1855, T1857, T1867, T1875, T1935, T2077, T2079, T2340, Z5727, Z5761
         Z5768, Z7373, Z7779, Z7842, Z7885, Z7970, Z9533, Z9593, Z9748. All retained RAF serials.
     Mk.V  7    BA394, BA443, BA525, BA596, BA865, BA938, BA994. All retained RAF serials.
Greece  Initial 12 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Royal Hellenic Air Force (RHAF) (Ἑλληνικὴ Βασιλικὴ Ἀεροπορία, Ellinikí  
 Vasilikí Aeroporía). Delivered between October 1939 and February 1940.
 B.251 - B.262  9862-9873 (see note 2)  Mk.IV  12    Ferry flight regns G-AFXD-'XO. Ex   P4910, P4911, P4915, P4916, P4921, P4922,   P6891, P6892, P6897, P6898,
         P6903, P6904. Serial order unknown.
   6 aircraft supplied to the Royal Hellenic Air Force (RHAF) (Ἑλληνικὴ Βασιλικὴ Ἀεροπορία, Ellinikí Vasilikí Aeroporía) from RAF stock. Delivered in April 1941.
 B.263 - B.268    Mk.I  6    Ex RAF L6658, L6670, L8384, L8385 +2. Serial order unknown.
Portugal  13 aircraft handed over to Portugal as as result of the Azores treaty, one in July 1941 (Z7366, force landed near Faro and interned), one in November 1942, the  
 remainder in September 1943. All supplied to the Portuguese Air Force (Aeronáutica Militar).
 261 - 270    Mk.IV  10    ex RAF Z7366, N3544, R2781, R3830, V5883, T2431, T2434, V5501, V6395, Z7492.
 271 - 273    Mk.V  3    Ex RAF AZ986, AZ987, BA826 (serial order unknown).
   12 aircraft handed over to Portugal as as result of the Azores treaty between September and November 1943. Supplied to the Portuguese Navy (Aviaçăo Naval)
 Later transferred to the Air Force.
 B-1 - B-12    Mk.IV  12    Ex RAF R2775, V5429, V5434, Z5760, Z5762, Z6030, N3600, R3623, V5729, Z6431, Z5736 and Z6035.
Romania  39 aircraft supplied to the Fortele Aeriene Regale ale Romanici (FARR, Royal Romanian Air Force) from RAF stock. Delivered between May and June 1939.
     Mk.I  39    Ex RAF L6696 - L6708, L6713 - L6718, L8603-L8608, L8619, L8620, L8622, L8624 - L8630, L8632, L8652 - L8654.
   13 aircraft supplied to the Fortele Aeriene Regale ale Romanici (FARR, Royal Romanian Air Force)   from RAF stock. Delivered in November1939.
     Mk.I  13    Ex RAF L6696-L6708.
Turkey  12 aircraft supplied by Bristol. Delivered between October 1937 and June 1938.
 2501-2512  8155-8166  Mk.I  12    First 2 delivered by sea; remainder ferry flight regns G-AFFP - G-AFFZ
   18 aircraft supplied by Bristol. Delivered between November 1938 and February 1939.
 2513-2530  9222-9239  Mk.I  18    Ferry flight regns G-AFLA - G-AFLS; serials later 397 - 408, 485 - 490
   10 aircraft supplied from RAF stock. Delivered in September 1939.
 2531-2540    Mk.I  10    Ex RAF L1483, L1485, L1488, L1489, L1493, L1497, L4821,   L4824, L4826, L4828 (serial order unknown).
   3 aircraft supplied from RAF stock. Delivered in March 1942.
 2541-2543    Mk.I  3    Ex RAF T1966, Z7986, Z9834. Z9834 crashed on delivery, replacement   unknown.
   19 aircraft supplied from RAF stock. Delivered in March 1943.
 3901-3919    Mk.V  19    Ex RAF BA137, BA292, BA495, BA591, BA613, BA614, BA713, BA827, BA854, BA855, BA887,   BA910, BA922,
         BA925, EH320, E326, EH341, EH372 +1 (serial order unknown).
USA  4 aircraft supplied to the USAAC from RAF stock. Delivered in October 1943.
     Mk.IV  4    BB179, EH347, EH443, EH458. All retained RAF serials.
Yugoslavia  Initial 2 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Yugoslav Royal Air Force (Jugoslovensko Kraljevsko Ratno
 Vazduhoplovstuo) as pattern aircraft for local production. Delivered in November 1937.
 1 - 2  8814-8815  Mk.I  2    Ferry flight regns G-AFCE, G-AFCF
   20 aircraft supplied to the Yugoslav Royal Air Force (Jugoslovensko Kraljevsko Ratno Vazduhoplovstuo) from RAF stock. Delivered in February 1940.
 43 - 62    Mk.I  20    Ex RAF L6813, L6814, L6817 - L6834;   See table for ferry registrations.
  Total Production 256  

Yugoslav Ferry Registrations
Serial Range Ferry Registration
 L6813, L6814, L6817    None identified
 L6818, L6819  YU-BAR-60, YU-BAS-61
 L6820  None identified
 L6821 - L6829  YU-BAQ-59, YU-BAT-62, YU-BAE-47, YU-BAD-46, YU-BAA-43, YU-BAR-44, YU-BAC-45, YU-BAL-54, YU-BAM-55
 L6830 - L6832  YU-BAP-58, YU-BAN-56, YU-BAO-57
 L6833 - L6834  None identified




Type 142M Blenheim - Finnish Built

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Serial Range C/n Type Batch Qty Conv. Canc'd Notes
 60 aircraft ordered from Valtion Lentokonetehdas, Tampere, Finland, for the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat). Delivered between June 1941 and April 1944.
 BL146 - BL160    Mk.II  15      II Series
 BL161 - BL190    Mk.II  30      V Series
 BL191 - BL195    Mk.IV      5  Not completed
 BL196 - BL205    Mk.IV  10      VI Series
  Total Production 55   5  




Type 142M Blenheim - Yugoslav Built

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Serial Range C/n Type Batch Qty Conv. Canc'd Notes
 40 aircraft ordered from Ikarus A.D., Zemun, Beograd, Yugoslavia, for the Yugoslav Royal Air Force (Jugoslovensko Kraljevsko Ratno Vazduhoplovstuo). Delivered between March 1939 and April 1941.
 Only 6 completed.
 3 - 42    Mk.II  6    34  24 destroyed while partially built, 10 not built..
  Total Production 6   34  




Bolingbroke - Canadian Built

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Serial Range C/n Type Batch Qty Conv. Canc'd Notes
 18 aircraft ordered from Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Delivered between November 1939 and August 1940.
 702 - 716    Mk.I  15      705 converted to the sole Bolingbroke Mk.II
 717    Mk.III  1      
 718 - 719    Mk.I  2      
 201 aircraft ordered from Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Delivered between January 1941 and November 1943.
 9001 - 9004    Mk.IV  4      Delivered with structural provision for floats
 9005    Mk.IV-W  1      Prototype Mk.IV-W. Converted on production line from Mk. IV.
 9006 - 9009    Mk.IV  4      Delivered with structural provision for floats
 9010 - 9023    Mk.IV-W  14      Delivered with structural provision for floats
 9024 - 9073    Mk.IV  50      9024 and 9025 delivered with structural provision for floats
 9074    Mk.IV-C  1      
 9075 - 9151    Mk.IV  77      
 9152 - 9201    Mk.IV-T  50      Ordered as Mk. IV, order cancelled. Order re-instated 1942 as Mk. IVT
 457 aircraft ordered from Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Delivered between ?? 1942 and July 1943.
 9851 - 10256    Mk.IV-T  406      From 10192, fitted with Mercury XX* powerplants
     Mk.IV-T  51      Spare airframes
  Total Production 676      

Bolingbroke Target Tug Conversions
Serial Range
 At least136 Bolingbroke IVs were converted to target tugs between October 1942 and December 1944. A further 5 were slated for conversion but
 not completed. 13 aircraft indicated * were delivered new with target towing gear installed.
 9006, 9008, 9025, 9045, 9051, 9057-9059, 9068, 9070, 9075, 9078, 9080, 9082, 9088, 9092-9095, 9102, 9104-9109, 9112, 9119, 9120, 9124
 9129, 9131, 9132, 9136, 9140, 9146, 9148, 9153, 9157-9162, 9167*-9179, 9181*-9184, 10005, 10009, 10022, 10025-10028, 10030, 10033
 10045-10048, 10054, 10061, 10063, 10064, 10068, 10076, 10085-10097, 10108, 10112, 10113, 10115, 10124-10133, 10135-10141, 10145
 10146, 10159-10161, 10163, 10164, 10167, 10169-10171, 10179, 10198, 10205, 10209, 10210, 10221, 10234, 10246-10249
 9037, 9101, 9103, 9128, 9151
Total Conversions   (136)
Total Conversions Cancelled   (5)




Type 142M Blenheim With Foreign Air Forces, Not Directly Exported From UK

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Serial Range C/n Type Batch Qty Notes
Croatia  An unknown number of aircraft captured and supplied to the Zrakoplovstvo NDH (Air Force of the Free State of Croatia).
     Mk.I  ??    Ex Yugoslav Air Force
Hungary  1 captured aircraft supplied to the Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierő (MKHL, Royal Hungarian Army Air Force) in early 1941.
 J.104    Mk.I  1    Ex Yugoslav Air Force
Romania  3 captured aircraft supplied to the Fortele Aeriene Regale ale Romanici (FARR, Royal Romanian Air Force).
     Mk.I  3    Ex Yugoslav Air Force
  Total Production ??




Production Summary

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Total Production By Type and Mark, All Manufacturers (excl Canada) Total Canadian Bolingbroke Production By Mark
Type Built New Conv. Canc'd Total Type Built New Conv. Canc'd Total
 Type 142 'Britain First' 1     1  Bolingbroke Mk.I 17     17
 Type 143 1     1  Bolingbroke Mk.II   (1)   1
 Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I 1206   34 1240  Bolingbroke Mk.III 1     1
 Type 142M Blenheim Mk.II 45 (1)   46  Bolingbroke Mk.IV 135     135
 Type 149 Bolingbroke Mk.I   (1) 134 135  Bolingbroke Mk.IV-C 1     1
 Type 149 Blenheim Mk.IV 3302   980 4282  Bolingbroke Mk.IV-T 507     507
 Type 149CS Bisley Mk.I 1     1  Bolingbroke Mk.IV-W 15     15
 Type 149HA Bisley Mk.I 1     1   676 (1) 0  
 Type 160 Blenheim Mk.V 942   257 1199
  5499 (2) 1405  

UK Blenheim Production By Mark and Manufacturer Non-UK Blenheim Production By Mark and Manufacturer
Type Bristol Avro Rootes Total Type Ikarus Valtion Total
 Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I 700 250 250 1200  Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I 6   6
 Type 149 Blenheim Mk.IV 312 750 2230 3292  Type 142M Blenheim Mk.II   45 45
 Type 149CS Bisley Mk.I 1     1  Type 149 Blenheim Mk.IV   10 10
 Type 149HA Bisley Mk.I 1     1   6 55 61
 Type 160 Blenheim Mk.V     942 942
  1014 1000 3422 5436

Aircraft Supplied to Foreign Air Arms
Country Mk.I Mk.IV Mk.V Total
 Finland 30 12   42
 France   24 7 31
 Greece 6 12   18
 Portugal   22 3 25
 Romania 52     52
 Turkey 43   19 62
 USA   4   4
 Yugoslavia 22     22
  153 74 29 256


Notes
  1. K7072 (c/n 8025) was converted to the prototype Bolingbroke Mk.I, later Blenheim Mk.IV. Shipped to Canada late in 1940 as a pattern aircraft for the Bolingbroke. RCAF srial 701 reserved but apparently never carried.
     
  2. Although diverted from an RAF contract and already possessing c/n's, these apparently received new c/n's for export.

Production References
  1. Bristol Aircraft Since 1910, C.H. Barnes (Putnam, 1964)
  2. Bristol Blenheim, Chaz Bowyer (Ian Allan, 1984)
  3. Air Britain RAF Aircraft Register Series, Various Volumes (Air-Britain Publications)
  4. Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 16
  5. Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 54
  6. RAF Contracts - Air Britain Aeromilitaria, various issues
  7. RAF Contract Cards, held by the Air Historical Branch of the RAF and retained at the RAF Museum, Hendon.
  8. Hungarian Eagles the Hungarian Air Forces 1920-1945, Gyula Sarhidai; Viktor Kozlik; Gyorgy Punka (Hikoki Publications / Howell Press, 1999)
  9. Greek serials from http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-8738.html
  10. http://altimagem.blogspot.com/2013/01/57-bristol-blenheim.html

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