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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.1

The Bostons had a tricycle landing gear and were of an all metal construction.1

Variants

  • Douglas Boston Mk I: Trainer.1
  • Douglas Boston Mk II: Night fighter.1
  • Douglas Boston Mk III: Bomber.1

Usage

The Douglas Boston Mk III replaced the Blenheims that were being used by Bomber Command.1 They were first used in February 1942.1

Specifications

  Douglas Boston Mk III
Type Attack bomber2, Bomber1
Crew 32, 41
Engine (Type) 2: Wright Cyclone GR-2600-A5B1
2: Wright Cyclone Double Row2
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
HP 1,600 each1,2
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 61' 4"1,2
Length 47'1, 47' 4"2
Height 15' 10"1,2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 15,000 lb2, 25,000 lb1
Performance  
Speed 320 mph2
Speed @ 13,000' 304 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 24,250'1
Range 1,000 miles2, 1,020 miles1
Armament  
Nose 4: MG1
Rear turret 2: MG1
Lower fuselage 2: MG1
Bombs 1,000 lb2, 2,000 lb1

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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