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Principal types of aircraft operated by R.A.F. during WW2 and crashed in Belgium

Douglas A-20 - Boston

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The Boston

The Douglas A-20 Havoc (company designation DB-7) is a United States attack, light bomber, intruder, and reconnaissance aircraft of World War II.
It served with several Allied air forces, principally the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), the Soviet Air Forces (VVS), Soviet Naval Aviation (AVMF), and the Royal Air Force (RAF) of the United Kingdom. Soviet units received more than one in three (2,908 aircraft) of the DB-7s ultimately built.
It was also used by the air forces of Australia, South Africa, France, and the Netherlands during the war, and by Brazil afterwards.
In British Commonwealth air forces, bomber/attack variants of the DB-7 were usually known by the service name Boston, while night fighter and intruder variants were usually known as Havoc. An exception to this was the Royal Australian Air Force, which referred to all variants of the DB-7 by the name Boston. The USAAF referred to night fighter variants as P-70.

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Specifications (A-20G-20-DO)

General characteristics

Crew: 3
Length: 47 ft 11​1⁄7/8 in (14.63 m)
Wingspan: 61 ft 4 in (18.69 m)
Height: 17 ft 7 in (5.36 m)
Wing area: 464 ft² (43.1 m²)
Empty weight: 16693 lb (7708 kg)
Loaded weight: 24127 lb (10964 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-2600-23 "Twin Cyclone" radial engines, 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) each


Maximum speed: 317 mph (276 kn, 510 km/h) at 10,700 ft (3,260 m)
Cruise speed: 256 mph (223 kn, 412 km/h)
Range: 945 mi (822 nmi, 1,521 km) (Combat range)
Service ceiling: 23,700 ft (7,225 m)
Climb to 10,000 ft (3,050 m): 8.8 min


6× fixed forward firing 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine guns in the nose
2× 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine guns in dorsal turret
1x flexible 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine gun, mounted behind bomb bay
Bombs: 4,000 lb (1,800 kg)



Source: Wikipedia

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