Bristol 149IVW 'Bolingbroke'
| Curtis Hoffmann|
| I knew Randy West well and flew with him on different ocasions. One trip he will remember well. On February 9/43 took off fron Lethbridge in AC #702 for vancouver. Had engine trouble sat down in Creston. Changed spark plugs and took off again February 13/43 for Vancouver. This time we made it. Randy really knew how to fly a Bole.
07/13/2002 @ 15:35 [ref: 5303]
| Randy (herk) West|
Pointe claire, QC
| Was one of the pilots who flew the Boly on the East
Coast flying convoy escort and anti-sub searches
When Japenese attacked Pearl Harbour squadron (8BR)
went to Sea Island , Vancouver , B.C. and later to
Alaska at Anchorage and Nome. Managed to survive over 1000 hours on both P&W engines and two different Bristol
Mercury engines. While the P&W gave us constant speed
props but sadly lacking available power at long time
08/01/2001 @ 11:47 [ref: 2800]
| The type 149 Bolingbroke IV was built under licence by Fairchild of Canada, a version of the type 149 Blenheim IV built by Bristol and associated companies in the UK.
Of 650 built by Fairchild only 14 were powered by P&W engines the rst by Bristol Mercury XV & XX.
The 1st 150 Bolingbrokes where built as Reconnaisance bombers and some served the RCAF in the Aleutian Islands against the Japanese. The main claim to fame of the Bolingbroke is that it sunk the 1st Japanese submarine of WWII. The final batches of Bolingbrokes built served as bombing and gunnery trainers in the Commonwealth Ait Training Scheme.
The British type 149 Blenheim IV served as a front line bomber, long range fighter and night fighter for the first three years of WWII and served in every theatre of war. It carried out the very 1st raid of WWII and was also the 1st aircraft to carry radar and get a kill by it. It was also the 1st aircraft to sink both a German and an Italian submarine so with its Canadian cousin was 1st in all fields of this type of warfare.
In your description you describe the aircraft as a trainer?Utility transport, this aircraft was never used as a utility transport either in Canada or the UK.
I think you should do a desription of the Bristol Type 149 Blenheim IV
01/06/2001 @ 08:49 [ref: 1334]