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    Hi Folks

    I have a photo (shown below) taken from a German minesweeper sometime between late 1942 and probably mid to late 1943. My query is, based on the silhouettte shown, is this a Blenheim Mk V? If so, which squadron(s) flew them during this time period around the Channel Islands and/or off the Dutch/Northern France coast?

    http://i604.photobucket.com/albums/tt130/pfwaylander/BlenheimMkV.jpg

    If it isn't a Blenheim Mk V what might it be?

    I'm trying to identify the aircraft so that I can try and date and identify the squadron and its aircraft that attacked the minesweepers. The minesweeper that the photo was taken from, I believe, was the M422 of the 24th MSF which operated in and around the Channel Islands.

    Thank you all in advance for your help.

    Paul

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    Looks like a Blenheim but how about a Martin Maryland?

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    Wouldn't a Maryland be unusual in these waters ?

    The photo is somewhat distorted and blurry around the edges, some features of the Blenhiem V appear but then so do those of a Douglas Boston. It's a hard call.

    Ian

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    Interesting problem! Leaving aside the question of "Is it Allied or enemy?", and the date, and simply concentrating on visual recognition, I cannot really make any positive identification! Think we can forget Short Sturgeon (although I can see reason why this type was introduced into the discussion), and Maryland, and Ju 88. The dimensions and tail angles do suggest the Douglas twin-engined attack bombers, but the A-26 Invader (and not the Boston/A-20 family, no dihedral in photo, which was typical of all that family.) The tail surfaces appear to be too big for a Bristol type, especially height of vertical surfaces, but I agree the nose and engine nacelles arrangements suggest the Bisley (Blenheim V). So not prepared to stick my neck out on this one - sorry, toooooooooooooo hard! Don't think it is French either.
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    Nothing immediately stands out. Tail does look Invader-ish. Nose looks Bisley-ish.

    But allowing for distortion, perhaps even a Beaufighter without tailplane dihedral? Not unlikely for Channel coastal ops '42/'43?

    Mind you, engines look under-slung rather than centrally-mounted.

    Any other guesses? Air/Sea Rescue units - what types might they have used?

    Ian

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    Thank you for your input gents.

    Courtesy of some comments made to my post on another forum I'm inclined to believe that this may in fact be a JU-88, the engines and in the right place and are of the correct length in relation to the nose and that the dorsal turret in the photo may well be a blemish on the negative - i.e. in just the wrong place! *@%$!

    Paul

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