Bristol Bombay aircraft

This pre-World War II transport and bomber aircraft was adapted by the SAS for parachute training in the Middle East in 1941. Five of these aircraft took the SAS on their first and only parachute mission in the Western Desert on the night of November 17th 1941. The operation was an attack on the five main enemy forward airfields at Timini and Gazala prior to General Auchinleck's offensive. Due to extremely bad weather (dust storms) the airborne parties were dropped in the wrong place and the operation was a complete failure. Thereafter the SAS made their penetration raids by vehicle.

The Bombay could carry 24 fully equipped troops. Powered by two 1,010 HP Bristol Pegasus Engines it had a max speed of 192 mph a 6,500 ft.

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