Low Level Flying ......

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Seconds from death, the crew of 21sqdn Blenheim V6034, 16/06/41, after colliding with the mast of the ship they were attacking. According to Chorleys, this was a crew that gained a reputation for showing outstanding courage in low level attacks on enemy shipping. All were killed, ........
F/Sgt E.A.R . Leavers, DFM.
Sgt I. Overhue, DFM RNZAF.
Sgt J.W.H. Phelps.
Found on IWM, while looking for 21sqdn info.
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When i first viewed this image, i could not determine what was transpiring. I thought that the Blenheim was surrounded by other a/c or birds? When you view the stricken bomber close up, the Blenheim is disintegrating in mid air. The objects that are near the doomed bomber appear to be, the tail plane, outer port wing and maybe debris from the ship. I would imagine this image is a still from a RAF film?

The Pilot of the other distant a/c appears to be lined up for his attack, hugging the waves as he approaches his target. He has just witnessed a truly unnerving set of events but,... he must stay focused,......a lapse of concentration now and their in the drink.

Thanks for posting Alan.

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Tom, I actually thought this aircraft was moving away from the ship, thus leaving debris as it hurtled pass but on closer inspection, I think you are correct. My only thought being that this may be captured footage from a German crew. Why would the aircraft be attacking the Royal Navy? ........... unless the pilot was playing up and clipped the ship as it went passed but i think we have ascertained that the aircraft was still approaching and was being shot at ? Your thoughts?
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Hi John,
What makes you think it's the RN. Definatley going away from the camera. I thought it was approaching but after cleaning up and looking at it more closely, you can see the trailing edge of the wing behind the engines.
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Hi Alan & John
After closer inspection of the image, i agree..... the Blenheim is definitely moving away from camera. It is possible the plume of water at the stern of the ship,.... is in fact the weapon strike from the doomed plane?

Its hard to say if the source of the image is from another a/c or one of the ships? To me, the angle the picture was taken at does not correspond with one being snapped from the ship in the foreground but,.... may have been filmed from another?
It might possibly be a frame from gun camera footage of an attacking a/c?...there may be some clues on the border of the original picture.

The ships rear mast in the image,......appears to show visible signs of impact damage,...with a debris field following the same trajectory as the unfortunate Blenheim.

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NM said ......
I would imagine this image is a still from a RAF film?


Hi Alan and Tom, I thought Tom was implying that that this footage was RAF ......... obviously I was wrong on two counts! I should have stayed with my first impression, that the aircraft was in fact flying away. When I'm hot, I'm hot but when I'm not ........ it's freezing in here!
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Some very low level flying, here ............
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A SAAF Martin Marauder shot down at low level over Italy 1944. There were no survivors.
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With thanks to "Night warrior" and "Fredsson" from the Lancaster archive forum.

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Here is a mean looking Bristol Beaufighter. Looks like a rocket launcher on the star board is bent.
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And another.
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