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Two operational tours in Bristol Blenheim bombers followed, earning him a Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in 1943.
The last remaining Bristol Blenheim in the world - which was used in the Oscar-winning film Dunkirk - will join the Red Arrows on the line-up.
Display programme: Saturday, August 25 14:00: Team Raven - Formation Aerobatic Display Team; 14:18: Autogyro; 14:29: Bristol Blenheim; 14:42: Yak-3 Display; 14:55: Bulldog; 15:05: Hurricane/Spitfire - BBMF; 15:18: Extra (High Energy Aerobatics); 15:30: Dakota - BBMF; BREAK; 16:08: Strikemaster; 16:19: Firefly Display; 16:30: Red Devils Parachute Display Team Sunday, August 26 14:00: Dakota - BBMF; 14:10: Hurricane/Spitfire - BBMF; 14:22: Extra (High Energy Aerobatics); 14:32: Red Devils Parachute Display Team; 14:49: Yak-3 Display; 15:02: Firefly Display; 15:13: Yak-50 Display; BREAK; 16:22: Team Raven - Formation Aerobatic Display Team; 16:40: Autogyro; 16:51: Bristol Blenheim; 17:04: Bulldog; 17:15: Strikemaster; 17:30: Red Arrows.
After the war a Bristol worker, Ralph Nelson, was given permission to buy the nose and cockpit of one of the remaining Blenheims - which he converted to an electric car and drove for many years.
The Bristol Blenheim served as a night fighter throughout the Battle of Britain and bore the brunt of the early war bombing effort as its heroic crews paid a heavy price defending the nation.
Sergeant Frederick Joseph John Evans, of Griffithstown, near Pontypool, was on board a Bristol Blenheim aircraft which was shot down over northern France in May 1940.
The crew of another Blenheim shot down on the same day were also given a new headstone bearing their names.
B&R Farms, a family operation in San Benito County, has been growing Blenheims since 1929, and owners Jim and Mari Rossi welcome visitors.
INFO B&R Farms (www.brfarms.com or 800/930-9168) sells Blenheims on-site.
The Blenheims may be old fashioned in many ways but their performance is certainly not, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of under five and a half seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
If you have never seen a Bristol Blenheim on the road don't worry, because that is the way the company likes it.
The Blenheims provide nearly 4,000 sq ft of living space, six bedrooms, five with en suite facilities, four reception rooms and a full height reception hall with central, dividing staircase to the galleried landing, a dramatic departure from the newhous e norm.
On offer through selling agents Knight Frank are some notable homes with more than a little in common: the period Wychbury Court at Pedmore Lane and the period-style Blenheim at both Regents Grange and Brunswick Gate, new developments by CALA Homes.
| The last remaining Bristol Blenheim, main, will join the Red Arrows, inset, at the Rhyl Air Show in August A PLANE used in the Oscarwinning film Dunkirk will take part in Rhyl Air Show this summer.
The last remaining Bristol Blenheim in the world will join the Red Arrows on the line-up for the free event, which takes place in the skies above Rhyl on August 25 and 26.