The DB-7 was first produced in August 1939, and the first military delivery was to France in January of 1940. DB-7s comprised a whole family of variants with designations including the Boston, Havoc, and A-20. One of the unusual features of the DB-7 was the emergency flight control stick in the rear gunners compartment, for use if the pilot were killed.
The DB-7 was used in many different roles including two seat fighter, intruder, three seat bomber, and two seat reconnaissance aircraft. In all, about 7, 385 DB-7s were produced, with production ending in September 1944. About half of the produced DB-7s were supplied to allied nations, 3,125 were given to the Soviet Union alone. Bomb payload and defensive armament varied considerably depending on the variant.
DB-7 information taken from The Encyclopedia of the World’s Combat Aircraft, edited by Iain Parson, published by Chartwell Books Inc, New York, 1976.
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