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France's Bloch 210 night bomber; Bloch 210 medium bomber

Design

The Bloch 210 was all metal and had a slab sided fuselage. The Bloch 210 was a private venture.

The Bloch 210 was a low wing bomber.

Prototype

On November 23, 1934 the Bloch 210 prototype took to the air.

The Bloch MB 211 prototype flew for the first time in August 1935.

Production

  • Prototype: 1
  • Bloch 210 BN4/5: 281
  • Bloch MB 211 Verdun: 1
  • Total: 253, 283
    • Manufacturer: Bloch, Breguet, Hanriot, Potez-CAMS, Renault, SNCAC, SNCASO

Variants

  • Prototype: Had two Gnome-Rhône 14drs radial engines (800 HP). The prototype had a fixed undercarriage.
  • Bloch 210: Had a retractable undercarriage.
  • Bloch 210 BN4: Production model first flew in December 1935.
  • Bloch 210 BN5: Last of production was delivered in March 1939.
  • Bloch 210??: The prototype was fitted with twin bloats in 1936 to become a torpedo floatplane.
  • Bloch MB 211 Verdun: Prototype.

Usage

The Bloch 210 was used by Bulgaria, France, Germany, Romania, and Spain. Romania received 24 and Spain 35. After the surrender of France Bulgaria received 37 in 1942.

A total of 45 Bloch 210s were sold to foreign countries.

Prepared for World War II

There were twelve Armée de l'Air groups equipped with the Bloch 210 in September 1939. By the German invasion in May 1940 there were five groups.

Attacks

The Bloch 210s were used to attack German communication lines in the Rhineland, Belgium, and France.

Specifications

  Bloch 210
Type Medium bomber, Medium night bomber
Crew 5
Engine (Type) 2: Gnome-Rhône 14 N
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 950 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 74' 10"
22.81 m
Length 61' 9"
18.82 m
Height 22'
6.7 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Maximum load 22,487 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 11,480' /
3,500 m
200 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 32,480'
Range  
Maximum range 808 miles
Armament 3: MG
Nose, dorsal, ventral turrets 3: 7.5 mm MG
Bombs 3,527 lb
1,600 kg
  Bloch 210 BN5
Type  
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Gnome-Rhône 14N 10/11
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
Net HP 950 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 14,110 lb
6,400 kg
Loaded 21,385 lb
9,700 kg
Maximum load 22,487 lb
10,200 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 11,480' /
3,500 m
200 mph
322 kph
Cruising speed 149 mph
240 kph
Climb to 13,120' /
4,000 m
12 minutes
Service ceiling 32,480'
10,000 m
Range with 3,806 lb /
1,728 kg load
808 miles
1,300 km
Maximum range 1,056 miles
1,700 km
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site