Although designed by the Bristol
Aeroplane Company in 1935 to Air Ministry spec C26/31 for a
24 seat troop carrier which could
also be converted to carry bombs, all of the Bombay's production
was undertaken by Short & Harland Ltd of Belfast, since Filton were
busy building Blenheims. Of the
Bombays originally ordered, 50 were actually produced. In fact, I
clearly remember seeing these
cumbersome types lumbering around the north London area in the in the
early days of WW II.
L5808, above, was the first
produced by Shorts. Close examination of the original print
seen below (taken "somewhere in the Western desert", circa 1941)
reveals it to be L5845.
This aircraft later served with the No. 1 Australian Ambulance
Unit and marked with large red crosses.