Philip E. West - The Night Shift - Short Stirling
Short Stirling RAF Bomber Command Christmas Card by Philip E. West GAvA
The Short Stirling was
the RAF's first four-engined bomber to enter service and it served throughout
WWII in many roles including bomber, minelayer, troop carrier and glider tug.
The lack of power produced by its engines limited the loads carried by
Stirlings. On long-range trips, such as to Italy, even with a greatly reduced
bombload the aircraft could barely clear the Alps. Despite very large losses
due to its limitations, those that flew this big, agile aircraft came to
respect and look upon it with affection.