Sterling Service

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Sterling Service

Overall size: 28” x 20”

By Philip E West

The Short Stirling won the distinction as the RAF’s first purpose built four-engine monoplane bomber.
A strong, highly complex design it gained a reputation as a pilot’s aircraft to fly being agile for a big bomber and demonstrating great character.
Well over 2000 Stirling’s provided stout service for the RAF in a variety of extremely important roles throughout WW2 – Bomber, Pathfinder, Minelayer, Glider-towing, Transporter, SOE operations and more.
Sterling Service

Signed by two Sterling pilots.

175 Prints in the Primary Edition  £99.00

Miss. Lettice Curtis (Pilot) joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in July 1940 having been taken on to ferry Tiger Moths.
Although we were later allowed to ferry other training types such as Oxfords and Masters, it was not until the autumn of 1941 that women were allowed to fly operational aircraft types.
I flew my first Hurricane in August 1941 and my first Spitfire a couple of weeks later.

After a brief course on a Blenheim I was cleared to fly without any further training, twin-engine bombers up to the Wellington. In November 1943 I was sent on a Halifax course,
which due to unserviceability and bad weather closed, restarting in February 1943 at Pocklington where I was cleared for ferrying Halifaxes.
After that without further training, I ferried Lancasters and over 100 Stirlings. In November 1945 I ferried 14 Liberators.

W/O J W Hill (Pilot) joined 196 Squadron on his 18th birthday, 25th November 1939, having cycled ten miles to the nearest recruiting office, hoping to enlist as an air gunner.
However there were no vacancies and they eventually contacted him to suggest becoming a ground gunner.

After square bashing on Blackpool promenade, he found himself guarding West Raynham aerodrome in Norfolk, where they were regularly strafed by German aeroplanes, flying extremely low.
He then decided he would like to get his own back and volunteered for aircrew, this time as a pilot. After ACRC, Lords cricket ground, then ITW Scarborough, he found himself crossing the Atlantic in a convoy. There were numerous ships, containing budding aircrews, evacuated children and Italian prisoners of war.
The fact that he had to sling his hammock at the very front of the ship, below the waterline, did nothing to boost his confidence, but they did have a number of destroyers for protection.
Eventually, they docked at New York and then trans-shipped by rail to Moncton, New Brunswick, the holding terminal.

His first experience of flying was at 32 EFTS Bowden, Alberta, where he flew Stearmans. He then moved on to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, where he obtained his wings, flying Harvards.
Then it was back to England, this time travelling solo on a fast liner. He flew Tiger Moths at Banff, Scotland, then moved to twin-engine Oxfords, followed by Wellingtons.
This was where he crewed up – he did one bombing raid on Wellingtons. Next he moved to 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit at Woolfox Lodge, flying Stirlings, then joined 196 Squadron on 5th November 1943.
At the time of joining the Squadron, Stirlings were taken off bombing, and joined 38 group, assisting glider pilots with circuits and bumps,
interspersed with operations to France, dropping supplies to the maquis.
These trips were done at low level on moonlit nights, the theory being that they would be too low for both fighters and ground gunners to get at them.
The biggest problem seemed to be avoiding high ground.
Sterling Service

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 80 × 12 × 12 cm


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