Of the RAF's trio of four engines heavy bombers in the Second World War, the mighty Short Stirling was the first to enter service in August 1940. A total of 2,371 Stirlings were eventually built and flown by the RAF before the type was finally withdrawn from service in July 1946.
From its first raid in February 1941 the Stirling was at the forefront of the night offensive against Germany. At the peak of its operational career with Bomber Command in 1943, 12 squadrons were equipped with giant bomber before unacceptably high losses forced its relegation to second line duties.
About the Author
Jonathan Falconer is the author of more than 25 books on aspects of aviation and military history, including Stirling at War, Stirling Wings and Stirling in Combat. He is a senior commissioning editor with Haynes Publishing. He lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
* Partner volume to the Haynes Avro Lancaster, Vickers Wellington and de Havilland Mosquito Manuals.
* Unique Haynes manual insights into the construction, anatomy and operation of the Stirling bomber.
* Includes more than 250 high-quality archive photographs and technical drawings.
* Jonathan Falconer is author of Stirling at War, Stirling Wings and Stirling in Combat.
* August 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Stirling entering service with the RAF.
Series: Owners' Workshop Manual
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th March 2015
Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 0.74