SECOND WORLD WAR | SAS AIRDROP
The Special Air Service was carried into its first operation by antiquated RAF Bombay bomber-transports, as Tom Spencer describes. Additional as material by Gavin Mortimer.
In the summer of 1941, the British Army’s Egypt-based Lt David Stirling was proposing the formation of a pioneering unit, one which would hit the enemy deep behind their lines. He knew he could find the men to carry out these hard-hitting raids on airfields, communication lines and Axis outposts – but he needed a way to get them into a position to strike. He envisaged them being delivered by parachute drop.