Stirling at War
By Jonathan Falconer
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing 1991 128 Pages
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Amongst the gallery of illustrious aircraft types which have featured in Ian Allan's highly successful 'at War' series of books, the Short Stirling has until now been conspicuous by its absence.
Condemned and castigated by Air Ministry officials and 'Bomber' Harris alike for its inefficiency, the Stirling was the firstborn of the RAF's trio of four-engined heavy bombers, and the only one designed from the outset to take four engines.
If history with its flickering lamp looks unfavourably on the Stirling and its exaggerated shadow of disgrace, then it does so at its peril. Indeed, the Stirling had its share of development and operational problems, but many of these were inflicted upon it as the result of inexperience and political interference from a blinkered and vacillating Air Ministry — it was the first of an untried new breed and many of the prewar precepts which shaped its design rapidly became outmoded by the pressing demands of war.