Blenheim (Z7366) landed because of a fuel pump problem

Date

Location

Force

Aircraft

 

From-To

 

Crew

17-07-1941 

Cabo de Santa Maria - Faro

RAF   OADU                                        

Bristol Blenheim IV   Z7366

 

Portreath (GB) →  Gibraltar → Malta

 

F/Sgt.    G.K. Williams      NZ

Sgt.       R.E. Griffin          GB

Sgt.       N. Kay                 GB




The aircraft was on the way to Luqa, Malta, with four other Blenheim's. The main tanks became empty after the support from one auxiliary pump broke. The internment of the crew lasted until 31 July of that year. They left Portugal to Gibraltar in the steamer S. S. Briarwood. The aircraft went to the Portuguese Aeronáutica Militar with the registry AM262 and was destroyed in one accident in the Tagus River on July 12, 1944.

Resources:
* "Royal Air Forces Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean" - David Gunby & Pelham Temple
* Evade & Escape Report - National Archives/ London Kew
* "Battle-Axe Blenheim's" – Stuart R. Scott (information sent by D.Smith)