Striking by Night
This was the first operational four-engine heavy bomber in the RAF. At the time it was considered a modern giant, capable of reaching the most distant targets. An Australian Stirling pilot, Flight Sergeant R. H. Middleton, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross after a raid on Turin, Italy, in November 1942. The Stirling could not achieve the altitude or range of the Lancaster, and had a reduced bomber role as the war progressed.
Short S29 Stirling Mk III Wingspan 30.2 metres Length 26.6 metres Engines Four Bristol Hercules XVI radial engines of 1,650 horsepower Armament Nine .303-inch machine-guns; up to 7,710 kilograms of bombs Crew Seven