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Douglas Boston Mk III:
Great Britain's Douglas Boston Mk III
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Douglas Boston Mk III:
Great Britain's Douglas Boston Mk III
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Douglas Boston bomber:
Great Britain's Douglas Boston bomber

Design

The Douglas Bostons were purchased from the United States. They were initially known as the DB-7B.

The Bostons had a tricycle landing gear and were of an all metal construction.

Variants

  • Douglas Boston Mk I: Trainer.
  • Douglas Boston Mk II: Night fighter.
  • Douglas Boston Mk III: Bomber.

Usage

The Douglas Boston Mk III replaced the Blenheims that were being used by Bomber Command. They were first used in February 1942.

Specifications

  Douglas Boston Mk III
Type Attack bomber, Bomber
Crew 3, 4
Engine (Type) 2: Wright Cyclone GR-2600-A5B
2: Wright Cyclone Double Row
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,600 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 61' 4"
Length 47', 47' 4"
Height 15' 10"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 15,000 lb, 25,000 lb
Performance  
Speed 320 mph
Speed @ 13,000' 304 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 24,250'
Range 1,000 miles, 1,020 miles
Armament  
Nose 4: MG
Rear turret 2: MG
Lower fuselage 2: MG
Bombs 1,000 lb, 2,000 lb

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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