Pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No. 149 RAF Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in 1941. The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of 28.

A portrait of the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No 149 Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of Photo by Cecil Beaton

The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed by Short Brothers to meet a Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941.

RAF aides try to remove a wheel landing gear of this huge heavy bomber Short Stirling. This was one of the biggest bombers of the war and the second in capacity.When it became obsolete over other as the Lancaster, I modified it to make transport glider.

Stirling Bomber - 149 Squadron RAF, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England - June 1942

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ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.  Three Vickers Wellington Mark IAs of No. 149 Squadron RAF make a low pass over the hangars at Mildenhall, Suffolk, watched by a group of aircrew on the ground.

C Three Vickers Wellington Mark IAs of No. 149 Squadron RAF make a low pass over the hangars at Mildenhall Suffolk watched by a group of aircrew on the ground

Short Stirling of 149 Squadron, Mildenhall

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Short Stirling, 149 Squadron RAF

The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War.

Starting up the Vickers Wellington Mk1c engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood - East Anglia - England - 149 Squadron RAF - 1941

Starting up the Vickers Wellington engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood - East Anglia - England - 149 Squadron RAF - 1941

a 149 Sqn. Wellington, OJ-N, starting its engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood in 1941.

Starting up the Vickers Wellington engines against the backdrop of Mildenhall's Mons Wood - East Anglia - England - 149 Squadron RAF - 1941

Short Stirling, 149 Squadron, RAF

Royal Air Force ground staff pushing a Short.


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