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Bombers ( BL-149 )

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Hidden : 2/7/2016
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Bristol Blenheim Mk 1



The Bristol Blenheim is a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the first two years of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the availability of the Beaufighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to have all-metal stressed-skin construction, retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers.

The Swastika symbol

It is important to understand that the sign of the early Finnish Air Force has nothing to do with Nazi Germany but the same origin roots. The blue swastika was the symbol of good fortune used by the Swedish ethnograph and later active national socialist Count Eric von Rosen who, during the Finnish Civil War presented to the Finnish White Army its first aircraft on March 6th, 1918. The swastika was painted on the upper and under side of the wings of the Thulin Type D he brought from Sweden. The sige was later adopted by the Finnish air Force to honor him. That has nothing to do with National Socialism whatsoever. Believe it or not.


Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 in Finland

In 1936, the Finnish Air Force ordered 18 Blenheim Mk Is from Britain and two years later, they obtained a manufacturing license for the aircraft. Before any aircraft could be manufactured at the Valtion lentokonetehdas (State Aeroplane Factory) in Finland, the Winter War broke out, forcing the Finns to order more aircraft from the UK. A further 24 British-manufactured Blenheims were ordered during the Winter War. After the Winter War, 55 Blenheims were constructed in Finland, bringing the total number to 97 aircraft (75 Mk Is and 22 Mk IVs).

The Finns also received 20 half-completed ex-Yugoslavian Mk IV Blenheims captured by Germany, together with manufacturing tools and production equipment, as well as a huge variety of spare parts. Yugoslavia had ceased production of the Mk I and commenced a production run of Mk IVs just prior to the April 1941 invasion.

The Finnish Blenheims flew 423 missions during the Winter War, and close to 3,000 missions during the Continuation War and Lapland War. Blenheim machine-gunners also shot down eight Soviet aircraft. Thirty-seven Blenheims were lost in combat during the wars.

After the war, Finland was prohibited from flying bomber aircraft by the Paris Peace Treaty, with Finland's Blenheims being placed into storage in 1948. However, in 1951, five Blenheims were re-activated for use as target tugs, with the last flight of a Finnish Blenheim taking place on 20 May 1958.

That's for the history part. Now let's see if you can find the stash. It has been hidden right here:

N 60° XX.XXX' E 026° YY.YYY'

XXXXXYYYYY = NNNNNN x NNNNNN - 435620233626

N = date in a copper plate

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

There will be no checker for your
calculations but the back cover of
the logbook of Bombers ( BL-147 )

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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