Short Stirling Mk.I & Mk.III

Scan 11

The following information is taken from the AM Form 78 Movement Cards. The details are in the following order ; Serial –Date taken on Charge – Transferred To – Date.

STIRL HAD SAMPLE

Short Stirling Mk.I N3725 HA-D built by Short Bros (R&B) Ltd. Taken on charge March 23rd 1942 the Stirling had a relatively brief stay with the squadron before it crashed on return from a raid on Wilhelmshaven, September 14th 1942. The Stirling undertook 31 raids and was regularly flown by Pilot Officer Phil Lamason RNZAF, Flying Officer Roy Spear RNZAF and Squadron Leader Arthur Oldroyd.

STIRL HAP SAMPLE

Short Stirling Mk.I Series III N3721 HA-P built by Short Bros (R&B) Ltd Marston. The aircraft arrived on the squadron February 23rd 1942 and was the squadrons longest serving Short Stirling, it also completed more main force operations than any other aircraft, totalling 62. The aircraft was finally Struck of Charge on November 8th 1944 with a total 610 hours 55 minute flying time.

 

Note I have included where possible the individual aircraft code letter. These codes are taken from various sources including Log-Books-Photographs and official 218 Documents. Those marked Bold Black I have the AM Form 78 in my collection.  Click here to view a selection of No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Short Stirlings.

100 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered between May 1940 and May 1942

by Short Bros, Rochester to Contract No.763825/38

N3700 HA-O From 7 Sqn. To 1657 CU via 218 CF.
N3706 To 7 Sqn 16.01.1942
N3708 To 7 Sqn. 26.01.1942
N3709 To 7 Sqn. 15.01.1942
N3710 To 7 Sqn. 05.01.1942
N3712 HA-Y Destroyed by exploding bomb on landing at Marham on return from Billancourt 3.3.42.
N3713 Crashed on landing at Lakenheath while training 13.2.42.
N3714 HA-Q FTR Saarbrücken 1/2.9.42.
N3715 Crashed on landing at Marham while training 27.2.42.
N3717 HA-S Collided with parked aircraft on landing at Marham on return from Nuremberg 29.8.42.
N3718 HA-C FTR Bremen 2/3.7.42.
N3720 HA-B From 7 Sqn. To 1651 CU 22.03.1943
N3721 HA-C/S/P To 1651 CU 01.11.1943.
N3722 HA-E To 1657 CU via 218 CF 07.09.1942.
N3725 HA-D Crashed in Norfolk on return from Wilhelmshaven 15.9.42.
N3753 HA-U Crash-landed at Marham after early return from Essen 2.6.42.
N3755 To 149 Sqd 19.05.1942
N3763 HA-Q via 44 MU 11.06.1942 FTR Lübeck 1/2.10.42.

100 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered between October 1940 and January 1942

by Short Bros, Rochester to Contract No.774677/38

N6049 From 26 CF. To 1651 CU.
N6070 HA-A FTR Pilsen 4/5.5.42.
N6071 HA-G FTR from mining sortie 17/18.5.42.
N6072 HA-F/J/P FTR Duisburg 6/7.8.42.
N6076 To XV Sqn 12 .03.1942.
N6077 HA-V FTR from mining sortie 27/28.1.43.
N6078 HA-P FTR Emden 22/23.6.42.
N6089 HA-L From 26 CF. To 1657 CU.
N6104 From 1651CU. To 1657CU via 218 CF.
N6126 To 149 Sqn 14.02.1942.
N6127 HA-T To 149 Sqn 15.02.1942.
N6128 HA-T  To 7 Sqd to 218 Sqd to 218 CF to 15 CF to 1651 CU.
N6129 HA-X From 7 Sqn 05.01.1942. To 218 CF. FTR Hamburg 28/29.7.42.

150 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered between January 1942 and January 1943

by Short & Harland, Belfast to Contract 774677/38

R9159 To 1651 CU.
R9160 HA-G FTR Kassel 27/28.8.42.
R9184 HA-U FTR Genoa 23/24.10.42
R9185 HA-Y FTR from mining sortie 6/7.11.42.
R9187 HA-A FTR Vegesack 23/24.9.42.
R9189 HA-K Crashed on take-off from Downham Market when bound for St Nazaire 28.2.43.
R9190 HA-E FTR from mining sortie 11/12.10.42.
R9196 HA-G To 1651 CU 09.08.1943.
R9203 HA-D From 149 Sqn. To 214 Sqn.
R9241 HA-L From 7 Sqn CF. Broke-up over Suffolk and crashed when bound for Milan 24.10.42.
R9244 HA-W To 1651 CU.
R9287 From 149 Sqn. To 1651 CU 28.09.1942.
R9297 To 7 Sqn 13.11.1942
R9298 To 7 Sqn 07.02.1942
R9303 From 101 CF. Conversion Flt only.
R9311 HA-L From XV Sqn 03.03.1942.Belly-landed at Marham on return from Cologne 31.5.42.
R9313 HA-Q From XV Sqn. Victim of friendly fire, crashed in Sussex on return from leafleting sortie to Laon 5.5.42
R9315 From XV Sqd 07.04.1942 .
R9332 HA-G From 7 Sqdn 30.05.1942. To 218 CF. Crashed at Marham 31.7.42.
R9333 HA-Y FTR Essen 5/6.3.43.
R9349 To 23 MU To  90 Sqn.
R9354 HA-N Crashed on landing at Downham Market on return from Hamburg 27.7.42.
R9357 HA-E To 218 Sqd. FTR Düsseldorf 10/11.9.42.

150 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered between December 1940 to September 1942

By  Austin Motors Company , Birmingham to Contract No. B/982939/40

W7449 From 214 Sqn via 214CF. To 1657 CU.
W7451 From 149 Sqd. 7 CF. Conversion Flt only. To 1657 CU.
W7454 From 149 sqdn. 7 Sqdn. 218 CF. To 1657CU.
W7459 From 26 CF. To 214 Sqn via 1651.
W7464 HA-Z From 19 MU To 15 Sqn. To 218 Sqdn. FTR Hamburg 28/29.7.42.
W7466 To 7 Sqn 05.01.1942.
W7467 To 7 Sqn 10.01.1942.
W7468 To 7 Sqn.
W7469 HA-M To 19 MU To 149 Sqn.
W7473 HA-F Crashed in Norfolk when bound for Rostock 23.4.42.
W7474 HA-K FTR Bremen 3/4.6.42.
W7475 HA-H FTR Hamburg 9/10.11.42.
W7502 HA-N FTR Cologne 30/31.5.42.
W7503 HA-B/R FTR Bremen 25/26.6.42.
W7506 HA-K FTR Pilsen 25/26.4.42.
W7507 HA-P Damaged beyond repair during operation to Lübeck 28.3.42. (AM Form 78 records crashed on delivery)
W7521 HA-U Crash-landed in Norfolk on return from Stuttgart 5.5.42.
W7530 HA-Q From 149 Sqn. FTR Emden 20/21.6.42.
W7535 HA-C FTR Gennevilliers 29/30.5.42.
W7562 HA-R FTR Frankfurt 24/25.8.42.
W7568 HA-D Crashed in Suffolk when bound for Mainz 11.8.42.
W7571 From 10 MU to 1427 Flt. Conversion Flt only. .
W7573 HA-U  From 19 MU FTR from mining sortie 20/21.8.42.
W7575 To 214Sqn.
W7583 To 1651 CU 06.07.1942
W7612 HA-T Crashed while trying to land at Tangmere on return from a leafleting sortie to France 9.11.42.
W7613 HA-N FTR Lübeck 1/2.10.42.
W7614 HA-J FTR Fallersleben 17/18.12.42.
W7615 HA-M FTR from mining sortie 20/21.8.42.
W7618 HA-V FTR Flensburg 18/19.8.42.
W7622 HA-B From 7 Sqd 22.08.1942 To 1657 CU.
W7625 To 1651 CU 30.10.1942
W7636 HA-L Crashed on take-off from Downham Market when bound for Krefeld 2.10.42.

145 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered between June 1942 and October 1942

By Short & Harland Ltd (Belfast) to Contract No.774677/38

BF309 HA-M FTR Hamburg 28/29.7.42.
BF315 HA-F FTR Kassel 27/28.8.42.
BF318 To 214 Sqn 06.07.1942
BF319 HA-C FTR from mining sortie 20/21.8.42.
BF322 HA-F Crashed in Suffolk when bound for Aachen 5.10.42.
BF338 HA-Q FTR from mining sortie 20/21.8.42.
BF343 HA-M FTR Stuttgart 11/12.3.43.
BF346 HA-S To 90 Sqn.
BF349 From 149 Sqn. To 1651 CU.
BF351 HA-C FTR Düsseldorf 10/11.9.42.
BF375 HA-O To 214 Sqn 04.05.1943.
BF381 To 214 Sqd 24.09.1942
BF385 To 1651 CU 30.06.1943.
BF395 HA-Z To 1651 CU 26.03.1943.
BF401 HA-N Crashed on landing at Downham Market on return from Frankfurt 2.12.42.
BF403 HA-R FTR Fallersleben 17/18.12.42.
BF404 To 90 Sqn.
BF405 HA-U FTR from mining sortie 27/28.5.43.
BF406 HA-Q/E FTR Hamburg 3/4.2.43.
BF408 HA-T FTR Hamburg 3/4.2.43.
BF413 HA-H To 1651 CU 06.07.1943.
BF416 HA-T From 149 Sqn. To 1651 CU.
BF440 HA-U/T Crash-landed at Downham Market on return from Remscheid 31.7.43.
BF446 HA-B/H To 1665 CU 30.07.1943
BF447 HA-F FTR from mining sortie 28/29.4.43.
BF450 HA-X FTR Nuremberg 25/26.2.43.
BF452 HA-V To 1657 CU 25.09.1943.

29 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between January 1943 and April 1943

By Short & Harland Ltd (Belfast) to Contract No.774677/38

BF468 HA-K To 1657 CU.
BF472 HA-D FTR Hanover 27/28.9.43.
BF473 To 90 Sqn 03.03.1943.
BF480 HA-I Crashed on landing at Downham Market on return from Bochum 14.5.43.

35 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between March 1943 and May 1943

By Short & Harland Ltd (Belfast) to Contract No.774677/38

BF501 HA-N From 7 Sqn 31.03.1943. FTR Wuppertal 24/25.6.43.
BF502 HA-P FTR Duisburg 8/9.4.43.
BF505 HA-Z FTR Dortmund 4/5.5.43.
BF514 HA-X FTR Mannheim 16/17.4.43.
BF515 HA-N FTR from mining sortie 28/29.4.43.
BF519 HA-E FTR Remscheid 30/31.7.43.
BF522 HA-N FTR Berlin 23/24.8.43.

20 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between April 1943 and May 1943

By Short & Harland Ltd (Belfast) to Contract No.774677/38

BF565 HA-H From 214 Sqn. FTR Wuppertal 29/30.5.43.
BF567 HA-P FTR Hamburg 24/25.7.43.
BF568 HA-B To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943.
BF572 HA-K FTR Mülheim 22/23.6.43.
BF578 HA-A FTR Hamburg 29/30.7.43.

24 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between December 1942 and February 1943

By Austin Motors Ltd  to Contract No. B.982939/39

BK595 To XV Sqn 25.09.1943
BK596 HA-B FTR Rostock 20/21.4.43.
BK597 From 149 Sqn. To 1651 CU.
BK606 HA-N Crashed in Cambridgeshire on return from Genoa 8.11.42.
BK607 HA-X From XV Sqn 14.10.1943.Crashed on landing at Downham Market after early return from Turin 29.11.42.
BK650 HA-L/T FTR Mönchengladbach 30/31.8.43.
BK666 HA-Q Crashed in Norfolk on return from Berlin 2.3.43.

42 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between January 1942 and June 1943

By Austin Motors Ltd  to Contract No. B.982939/39

BK687 HA-R FTR Bremen 8/9.10.43.
BK688 HA-A FTR Wuppertal 29/30.5.43.
BK689 From 214 Sqn. To 1657CU.
BK700 HA-W/L FTR Hanover 22/23.9.43.
BK702 HA-O FTR Berlin 29/30.3.43.
BK705 HA-K FTR Duisburg 12/13.5.43.
BK706 HA-Y FTR Dortmund 23/24.5.43.
BK712 HA-D FTR Krefeld 21/22.6.43.
BK716 HA-J FTR Berlin 29/30.3.43.
BK722 HA-G FTR Krefeld 21/22.6.43.
BK727 To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943.

26 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between January 1942 and June 1943

By Austin Motors Ltd  to Contract No. B.982939/39

BK761 From 7 Sqn. To 1661 CU 02.02.1944.
BK803 To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943.

6 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered April 1942 to June 1942

By Short Bros ( Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to Contract 763825/38

DJ974 HA-T FTR Bremen 27/28.6.42.
DJ976 HA-A To 1657CU.
DJ977 HA-F FTR Mannheim 19/20.5.42.

48 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs  delivered between May 1943 to July 1943

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38

EE884 HA-X/B FTR Mannheim/Ludwigshafen 18/19.11.43.
EE885 HA-G FTR Nuremberg 10/11.8.43.
EE888 HA-H/K FTR from mining sortie 16/17.12.43.
EE895 HA-S FTR Hamburg 29/30.7.43.
EE903 HA-Q FTR Mönchengladbach 30/31.8.43.
EE909 HA-H To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943
EE916 HA-? To 90 Sqdn.

39 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between June 1943 to August 1943

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38

EE937 HA-S/A FTR Hanover 27/28.9.43.
EE941 To 199 Sqn 10.07.1943.
EE943 To 199 Sqn 05.07.1943
EE944 HA-O/H Crashed while trying to land at Tempsford on return from SOE sortie 5.3.44.
EE949 To 623 Sqn 10.08.1943.
EE966 To 623 Sqn 10.08.1943.

50 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between August 1943 to September 1943

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38 

EF124 To 149 Sqn 04.08.1944.
EF133 HA-A From 15 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.
EF139 HA-B From 623 Sqn. FTR Hanover 22/23.9.43.
EF141 HA-H/N To 1654 CU 11.02.1944.

41 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between September 1943 to October 1943

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38

EF180 HA-D FTR Berlin 22/23.11.43.
EF181 HA-J From 75 Sqn. Crashed on take-off from Woolfox Lodge when bound for mining sortie 12.6.44.
EF184 HA-L/V/I Crash-landed at Woodbridge on return from Chambly 2.5.44.
EF185 HA-L To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944
EF207 HA-F From 75 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.

41 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between October 1943 to December 1943

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38 

EF233 From 620 – 214 – 75 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944
EF239 From 23 MU To 1660 25.11.1943.
EF249 HA-H Crashed on landing at Woolfox Lodge on return from mining sortie 9.5.44.
EF259 HA-G FTR Chambly 1/2.5.44.

28 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between December 1943 to December 1944

By Short & Harland (Belfast) to Contract 774677/38 

EF291 HA-C From 214 Sqn. To 1653 CU.
EF299 HA-Z From 1657 CU. Crashed on landing at Woolfox Lodge on return from mining sortie 13.6.44.

43 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered January 1943 to April 1943

By Short Bros ( Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to Contract 763825/38

EF340 To 149 Sqn 16.02.1943.
EF346 To 90 Sqn 07.03.1943.
EF349 To 90 Sqn 07.03.1943
EF352 HA-Q To 1657 CU 18.08.1943.
EF353 HA-O To 1657 CU 03.11.1943.
EF356 HA-O FTR from mining sortie 28/29.4.43.
EF365 HA-G/U Crash-landed in Norfolk during air-test 31.5.43.
EF367 HA-G Crashed at Chedburgh on return from Bochum 13/14.5.43.

30 Short Stirling Mk.Is delivered March 1943 to June 1943

By Short Bros ( Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to Contract 763825/38

EF410 HA-Z To 1653 CU 25.01.1944
EF413 To 1654 CU.(Mk.III) 29.11.1943

46 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered May 1943 to July 1943

By Short Bros ( Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to Contract 763825/38

EF425 HA-C Crashed on take-off from Downham Market when bound for air-test 15.9.43.
EF430 HA-W FTR Gelsenkirchen 25/26.6.43.
EF448 HA-P FTR Nuremberg 27/28.8.43.
EF449 HA-J/D To 1660 CU 31.01.1944.
EF452 HA-V/O Crash-landed in Algeria after being shot-up by another Stirling during Turin operation 13.8.43. Posthumous VC awarded to F/S Aaron.
EF462 From 75 Sqn. To 1653 CU 27.07.1943.

31 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered July 1943 to September 1943

By Short Bros ( Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to Contract 763825/38

EF489 To 623 Sqn 10.08.1943
EF504 HA-P FTR Chambly 1/2.5.44.

35 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered May 1943 to July 1943

By Austin Motors to Contract B982939/39

EH878 HA-I To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943.
EH884 HA-X FTR Turin 16/17.8.43.
EH887 HA-Z FTR Düsseldorf 25/26.5.43.
EH892 HA-U FTR Wuppertal 24/25.6.43.
EH898 HA-G FTR Gelsenkirchen 25/26.6.43.
EH923 HA-W/E To 1654 CU 02.05.1944.
EH925 3.7.43. To 623 Sqn 13.08.1943.
EH926 To 199 Sqn 05.07.1943.
EH940 From 15 Sqn. To 1661 CU 30.01.1944.
EH942 HA-M FTR Laon 22/23.4.44.
EH982 From 90 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 28.06.1944
EH984 HA-C FTR Kassel 3/4.10.43.
EH986 HA-X FTR Berlin 23/24.8.43.
EH988 To  23 MU – 1661 CU 02.09.1943.

41 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered June 1943 to September 1943

By Austin Motors to Contract B982939/39

EJ104 HA-G FTR Mannheim 23/24.9.43.
EJ105 HA-N Crashed in Suffolk on return from Hanover 22/23.9.43.
EJ112 HA-Q To 1651 CU 15.09.1944.
EJ125 HA-J FTR from mining sortie 21/22.2.44.

44 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between September to December 1943

By Short Bros (Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to contract A/C2008/C4(c)

LJ446 To 1653 CU 02.03.1944.
LJ447 HA-F To 149 Sqn 07.08.1944
LJ448 HA-D FTR Chambly 20/21.4.44.
LJ449 HA-E To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.
LJ452 HA-S To 1651 CU 21.01.1944.
LJ472 HA-K To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.
LJ481 HA-B To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.

44 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between November 1943 to April 1944

By Short Bros (Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to contract A/C2008/C4(c)

LJ506 From 90 Sqn. To 1657 CU 26.07.1944.
LJ517 HA-U From  214 Sqn. To 1657 CU 19.07.1944.
LJ521 HA-W From 623 – 214 Sqn. To 1657 CU 26.07.1944.
LJ522 HA-N To 149 Sqn 23.07.1944.

23 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between January 1944 to March 1944

By Short Bros (Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to contract A/C2008/C4(c)

LJ568 To 149 Sqn 23.07.1944.

43 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between January 1944 to March 1944

By Short Bros (Rochester & Bedford) Ltd to contract A/C2008/C4(c)

LJ625 From 90 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 23.07.1944.
LJ632 To 149 Sqn 23.07.1944.

37 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered between September 1943 to January 1944

By Austin Motors (Bedford) Ltd  to contract B/982939/39

LK396 HA-M From 622 – 75 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.
LK401 HA-I To 149 Sqn 11.08.1944.

42 Short Stirling Mk.III delivered between September 1943 to January 1944

By Austin Motors (Bedford) Ltd  to contract B/982939/39

LK568 HA-O From 149 – 90 Sqn. To 149 Sqn 23.07.1944.

5 Short Stirling Mk.IIIs delivered May 1943

By short & Harland Ltd (Belfast) to contract 774677/38

MZ263 HA-B Crash-landed at St Eval on return from mining sortie 17.12.43.

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