1st ed., 1980. 225 pp., frontis., + a wealth of photo-ills., ills., + charts. D.j., 24x 16cm. Nr.FINE. The Short Stirling, derived from Short's flying-boat range, was the RAF's first four-engined bomber of the Second World War. It entered service in 1940, having more than its fair share of teething problems. This detailed book recounts that process. It shows how the bomber came to take a major part in the strategic offensive until 1943, forming the equipment of 3 Group, Bomber Command. Then it was switched to transport duties, Stirling crews gallantly playing a major role in the Arnhem landing after towing gliders to Normandy and again during the Rhine crossing. Crews have recounted some of their memories of these events. Illustrated with maps, photographs, performance graphs, production details and listings of aircraft used by squadrons.