Crowood Aviation Series, Crowood Press, Marlborough, 1st ed., 2000. 176 pp., numerous photo-ills., + maps & diagrams. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE +. The Short Sunderland was the largest aircraft used by RAF Coastal Command during World War II. Conceived as an anti-submarine patrol aircraft, its design owed much to the Empire Class flying boats built for Imperial Airways. Its size and range allowed it roam over vast areas of ocean and its considerable armament gained it the nickname "The Flying Porcupine" by respectful German aircrews. The Sunderland was one of very few Allied aircraft to remain in service throughout World War II and it went on to play an important role in the Berlin Airlift and serve with several foreign air forces. Here is the story of the Sunderland from its design and introduction, through to its retirement and civil use. The author fully describes the life of this aircraft and its gallant crews and includes numerous photos.