Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Douglas Boston

Canadian Warplanes of the Second World War, Douglas Boston

Data current to 13 Jan 2019.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Douglas Boston, RCAF No. 418 Sqn, ca 1944.

The Douglas A-20 Havoc (company designation DB-7) is an American designed light bomber.  In British Commonwealth service as flown by RCAF aircrews its service name was Boston.  During the Second World War, 24 squadrons operated the Boston, primarily in the Mediterranean and North African theatres.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Douglas Boston formation, RCAF No. 418 Sqn, ca 1944.

Douglas A-20C-BO Havoc, RAF (Serial No. 635), at Langley Field, Virginia, USA, July 1942.  This Havoc was license built under the Lend-Lease-Agreement for the Royal Air Force, although most of these aircraft were diverted to the USAAF.  (Library of Congress Photos, LC-USW361-203)

Douglas Boston Mk. III (Intruder), RAF (Serial No. W8317), TH-S, RCAF No. 418 Squadron, parked at Ford, Sussex at nightfall.  Canvas covers are protecting the glazed nose and the front of the engine cowlings.  (IWM Photo CH9502)

Douglas Boston Mk. IIIs, No. 88 Sqn, on the flight line preparing for the Raid on Dieppe, 19 Aug 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3378925)

Douglas Boston Mk. III (Intruder), RCAF No. 418 Squadron taxiing at Bradwell Bay, Essex, prior to a night intruder raid over France, Sep 1942 In September 1942.   No 418 Squadron, operated Boston Mk. IIIs on night intruder sorties from Bradwell Bay.  Its usual targets were Luftwaffe airfields, the French railway system and occasionally factory buildings.  The aircraft in the photograph carry ventral fuselage gun packs housing four 20mm cannon.  (IWM Photo CH7210)

Douglas Boston Mk. III (Intruder) RCAF No. 418 Squadron, illuminated by a Chance Light by the runway at Bradwell Bay, Essex, prepares to take off on a night intruder mission over North-west Europe.  (IWM Photo CH7211)


Douglas DB-7B Boston pair in flight, RCAF.  (RCAF Photo)

Douglas DB-7B Boston Mk. IV (Serial No. WB268), TH, flown by RCAF No. 418 (Intruder) Squadron.  None are preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Douglas DB-7B Boston.  (RAF Photo)

Douglas Boston, RAF (Serial No. HJ496), RCAF.  (RCAF Photo)

Douglas Boston Mk. III, RCAF, T for Toronto, with six airmen from 418 Squadron who are from Toronto.  L-R: Sgt. H. J. Irving, Sgt. G. M. Riches, Sgt. J. W. Hutchison, Sgt. J. E. C. Pringle, P/O D. Duxfield (Timmins, Ontario), P/O E. Keyes (Ottwa, Ontario), Sgt. J. Field, Sgt. J. Sharples, and Sgt. G. Chabot (Sudbury, Ontario).  Photo taken at RAF Station Debden, Essex in the UK, Feb 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4900126)

Douglas Boston Mk. III,  5 March 1942, RCAF, 418 Squadron, "B" Flight, taken at their home, RAF Station Debden, Essex in the UK, Feb 1942. (NDIL Photo PL-7295)