Aircraft History

Douglas Digby

Twenty Douglas Digbys served with the RCAF's Eastern Air Command and provided excellent service in the anti-submarine role. No. 10 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, known unofficially as the "North Atlantic Squadron", flew Digbys from RCAF Station Dartmouth from June 1940 to April 1941 and from November 1942 to May 1943. The Digby's first completed mission was a harbour entrance patrol over Bedford Basin on 3 July 1940. No. 10 Squadron's first submarine victory occurred 30 October 1942 while deployed to Gander Nfld. when Digby 747, returning from a convoy patrol, sank U-520 east of Newfoundland .

Type: Medium maritime reconnaissance and patrol bomber

Wing Span: 27.28 m (89 ft 6 in)

Length : 17.63 m (57 ft 10 in)

Height: 4.62 m (15 ft 2 in)

Max. Speed: 346 kph (215 mph)

Service Ceiling: 7,285 m (23,900 ft)

Range: 1,931 km (1200 miles)

Max. Weight: 12,552 kg (27,673 lb)

Empty Weight: 7,043 kg (16,321 lb)

Power Plant: Two 746 kW (1,000 hp) Wright R-1520-53 Cyclone 9 radial piston engines