SEVEN SHORT LIVES

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SEVEN SHORT LIVES

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'Seven Short Lives' by Steven B Potter, is the story of a 106 Sqn crew from Metheringham..... Lancasters, I know but it has this attached super shot of Stirlings within it's pages.

Now I know the collective noun for a gathering of Stirlings such as this would be a squadron...... but these are at an HCU and so, because 'Stirling' and 'Starling' sound similar, I shall use one of their collectives!

Here we have a Chattering of Stirlings at 1660 HCU Swinderby in Dec 43. Note how the weather conditions have forced the hapless creatures to gather together....this is natures way of protecting them from the cold. Each aircraft will take it's turn on the outside of the Chattering, facing the artic chill whilst those towards the centre will share mutual body heat. We've seen the same behaviour with Penguines.
In complete contrast, notice the macho approach shown by their little friends....Spitfires of the AFDU.... brazenly going topless in an extreme display 'showmanship'!
Isn't nature wonderful....and here in Woodhall Spa, the first signs of spring....the BBMF Spits and Hurricane have once again escaped their cacoons and are buzzing around the skies.
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Re: SEVEN SHORT LIVES

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Very lyrical Bandlaw, not to say amusing!

I'm interested in the Stirlings in the photograph. I can't see any codes on the fuselage at all, and do they have a bulge, almost like an H2S dome or are my old eyes failing me?!
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