RAF Maritime Shackleons - ’Growlers’ on the Prowl

The different variants and operational service of the RAF’s maritime Shackletons are detailed by Dr Kevin Wright.

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Squadron numbers were sometimes applied to the Shackleton’s fuselage, as this MR.3 from No.201 out on patrol shows. Key Collection

The Avro Shackleton’s 40-year RAF career saw it reach every corner of the globe, flying a wide variety of missions well beyond the original maritime patrol role for which it was designed. Perhaps best remembered for its final 19- year ‘temporary’ role as the RAF’s airborne early warning (AEW) platform, it should not be forgotten that first and foremost it was a ‘state-of the-art’ submarine hunter and played a major role in search and rescue (SAR) and disaster relief operations.

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