Stirling bomber, circa 1942

Stirling bomber, circa 1942

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Credit: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Ground staff with a Stirling aircraft, the largest four-engined bomber in the world, photographed in the UK, circa 1942. The Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of World War II. It was designed by Short Brothers and entered service in 1941. It was used for mining German port areas, and as a glider tug and supply aircraft during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944-1945.

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