Douglas A-20 Havoc
The A-20 Havoc was a robust aircraft, highly regarded by pilots in terms of durability, saftey
and ease of flight. In the Pacific, was used as a low level straffers
and parafrag bomber and fly more missions than any other Fifth Air Force bomber type. One of its only drawbacks was a limited fuel range worst represented
by the April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" mission when many A-20s were lost in New Guinea. The type was in service throught
WWII, but was gradually replaced by the A-26 at the end of the war.
DB-7 Export Version
The prototype Douglas DB-7 first flew in December 1938,
and subsequent versions were the most produced of all American
aircraft in the "attack" category. Amongst the many
variants, DB-7s operated with the French and Russian Air Forces.
In service with the RAAF and RAF were nicknamed "Bostons".
Service with USN
In service with the USN, it had the designation BD-1s and -2s
with the USN, while numerous versions of A-20s, P-70s and F-3s
served with the USAAC.
Radar equipped and additional nose
production halted in September 1944 with more than 7,000 built
for the US and the Allies.
Crew Two or Three (pilot, top turret, radio)
Engine 2 x 14 Cylinder Pratt & Whitney Radial Engines with three bladed propellers
Span 61' 4"
Length 47' 11"
Height 17' 7"
MaximumSpeed 317 mph
Range 945 miles
Armament (nose) 6 x .50 cal, (Top Turret) 2 x .50 cal, (Rear) 1x .50 cal
Bombload up to 4,,000 lbs