Stirling B Mk III

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Stirling B Mk III
General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
21.3 tEmpty weight
31.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
6 402 mCeiling
sec51.4/51.4/47.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
4 х Bristol Hercules XVIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
498 km/hStructural
258 km/hGear
Defensive armament
4 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
27 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
27 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
9 х M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 3
70 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
230 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png10 400 / 12 979/8 730 / 10 895/3 150 / 3 931Repair
65 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
230 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.60 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Stirling B Mk III. For the other version, see Stirling B Mk I


The Stirling B Mk III in the garage

The Stirling B Mk III is a Rank III British bomber with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 5.3 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.55 "Royal Armour".

The Stirling has a huge payload, but delivering it may be challenging because the plane is really weak for the BR. Going straight 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, your defensive armament is almost useless and you can only rely on stealth (like WWII Stirlings in 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.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,537 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
386 376 6 402 49.3 50.6 0.7 1.7 1,060
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,537 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 6 402  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 1,060


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
498 258 350 ~1 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 350 < 350 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,000 m 6,200 hp 7,006 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,700 m 5,720 hp 6,464 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plate in the left pilot's seat.
  • 9 mm Steel plate in front of engine cooling systems.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Stirling B Mk III can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 27 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 27 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs

Defensive armament

The Stirling B Mk III is defended by:

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

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Best payload in Rank III, enough to destroy 3 bases.


  • Big target
  • Not "short" at all
  • Cannot take many hits
  • Catch fire easily
  • Mediocre LMG defence
  • Almost no armour
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks
  • Very bad climb rate with full payload


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Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · ▄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
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic /Late · 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
Canberra  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Attackers  ▄Wirraway