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    Hi All,
    I am spending a bit of time browsing the new flight magazines on line, a goldmine of info..

    on page

    http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1941/1941%20-%202698.html

    is part of a three page translated wartime article on german investigation into crashed RAF aircraft.
    it mentions a blenheim with a fixed rearward firing engine nacelle gun.

    ' the gun is placed behind the engine in the engine nacelle above the wing'

    blenheims not being my area of research,
    was this a normal fit ?

    cheers
    Jerry

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    Hi Jerry
    I don't think it was standard but may have been a local "mod". The only standard rearward facing guns mentioned in Warner's "Blenheim" were mounted below the nose on Blenheim
    Mk IVs and were aimed with a periscope. Both Mk 1F and IVF had forward facing guns in a position under the belly of the a/c to augment the single wing gun, according to Owen Thetford's "Aircraft of the Royal Air Force"
    Regards
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    Warner does describe the fitting under Chapter 9

    "W/C Basil Embry, had already been working on this and had installed in some of its aircraft a machine-gun in the rear of each engine nacelle...

    ..This arrangement was reffered to in offical correspondence as the "Wattisham Scheme" and approval was given for 16 aircraft to be so equipped."

    Regards
    Ross

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    Hi Ross / Dick,
    Many thanks for the replies.
    Seems there is always something new to learn in research.
    cheers
    Jerry

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    The problem with this kind of fit is that in order to use it the bomber has to fly with the fighter in the ideal position - ideal for the fighter.

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