Stirling B Mk I

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Stirling B Mk I
General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
31.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
6 098 mCeiling
4 х Bristol Hercules XIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
498 km/hStructural
258 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
27 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
27 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 3
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 800 / 5 990/3 940 / 4 917/1 840 / 2 296Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
260 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British bomber Stirling B Mk I. For the other version, see Stirling B Mk III.


GarageImage Stirling B Mk I.jpg

The Stirling B Mk I is a rank III British bomber with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB), 4.7 (RB), and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.55 "Royal Armour".

The Stirling B Mk I plays as a standard long range bomber. Climbing to high altitudes and using alternative routes or flying at tree-top level to bomb targets to prevent engagement is recommended as the Stirling B Mk I likely won't survive any due to poor armour and strength. It is not well defended at all with low calibre machine guns, which are not very effective at the battle rating of 4.3/5.0. It is extremely flammable and fragile when engaged with cannons, although it may survive machine gun fire lower than 10 mm calibre.

General info

Flight Performance

The general flight performance of this aircraft is lacking. The Stirling has a very poor climb rate - especially when stock. The turn time is sluggish, as well as acceleration and top speed.

Without performance upgrades, this aircraft will struggle to climb at all carrying a payload.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,268 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 372 358 6 098 51.9 53.8 5.3 5.3 1,170
Upgraded 422 396 48.3 50.0 11.4 7.9


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
498 258 350 350 245 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 350 > 302
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
762 m 1,325 hp 1,656 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,267 m 1,200 hp 1,500 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plate in the left pilot's seat.
  • 9 mm Steel plate in front of engine cooling systems.

The survivability of the Stirling B Mk I is very poor. Any encounter with a fighter or bomber hunter will end badly. The entire structure is relatively weak, and it wont take many cannon rounds to tear off the tail or a wing. The fuel tanks are vulnerable and catch fire easily too. For armour, there is a 9 mm plate in front of the cooling systems of each engine, and an 8 mm plate protecting the pilot from rounds coming from the rear of the aircraft.

Due to the engines being radial, you do not have to worry so much about cooling as there is no liquid cooling system. Oil leaks and high temperature are still a concern though.

If a player does decide to sit on your rear, you do have six 7.7 mm machine guns that can shoot in that direction. Good preparation and a few well placed shots will quickly shred them, if they have not destroyed you first.


Suspended armament

The Stirling B Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 27 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (6,750 lb total)
  • 27 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (13,500 lb total)
  • 9 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (9,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

The Stirling B Mk I is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, nose turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, tail turret (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles


The Stirling B Mk I is very large and very heavy. It has multiple loadout options of bombs, which can get 3 bases with its heavier bombloads. This is also the heaviest bombload at its tier.


Its onboard LMG defensive armament most probably will not be effective against targets at BR 4.3/5.0. Defensive armament does not have 360° coverage, although it is somewhat effective against attacks from behind, where you can fire the dorsal/ventral and tail guns in unison.


The Stirling B Mk I has 4 engines with enormous wing surface area, It makes for a good climb rate but it also struggles with heavier bombloads. Fortunately, the control surfaces are extremely large as well, which helps a lot with controlling the plane.


The Stirling has a huge payload but delivering it may be challenging. This is because the plane is very weak for a BR 5.0. Going straight to bomb and enemy base as soon as you spawn is suicide. Keep in mind that if an enemy plane finds you, you are dead. It is much bigger than a Wellington and catches fire easier; a short burst from a Bf 109 or La-7 and you go down in flames. Stay away from any enemy plane if possible as your defensive armament is almost useless and you can only rely on stealth (WWII Stirlings were used primarily on night missions). Depending on the map, you can choose to go at tree top level, or take a long route away from the combat zone, hidden in the clouds. When attacking ground targets at low altitude, pay attention to anti-aircraft guns and trucks, they can set you on fire easily.

Specific enemies worth noting

Any fighter is very dangerous for the Stirling B Mk I. The Bf 109, La-5, La-7, A6M, and the C.205 are the most lethal opponents. If any risk of engagement is present, the player should seek fighter support.


Directly firing and not using any tactics is enough to kill the Stirling B Mk I. Its defensive armament can be ignored, although attacking from the top will minimize damage. Aiming at wings where the fuel tanks are is recommended, as it will most probably result in a fire.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator SUBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe Turret 7 mm
III Wings repair Engine MBC mk.III
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Rear gunner and top fuselage gunner can fire in unison (If the rear gunner gets knocked-out, The top gunner will still be able to defend)
  • Best payload at rank III, enough to destroy 3 bases


  • Very large target
  • Cannot take many hits
  • Flammable
  • Mediocre LMG defence
  • Almost no armour
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks
  • Very bad climb rate with full payload
  • Sways very heavily in RB when trying to climb
  • Huge glass cockpit means near-certain death from head-on attacks


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See also

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Bombers  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V

Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
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Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
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