Philip E. West - The Night Shift - Short Stirling

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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. 

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