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Douglas SBD Dauntless A24 Banshee

The Douglas SBD Dauntless is a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944. The SBD ("Scout Bomber Douglas") was the United States Navy's main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The type earned its nickname "Slow But Deadly" (from its SBD initials) during this period, along with a rarely-used accompanying nickname of "Furious D."

During its combat service, the SBD proved to be an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics from the perforated dive brakes, good defensive armament, and ruggedness. One land-based variant of the SBD " omitting the arrestor hook " was purpose-built for the U.S. Army Air Forces, as the A-24 Banshee. Wikipedia

last update: 2024-02-21 19:46:57

Dauntless 42‑54746

s/n
 42-54746
c/n
 17585

to Free French Airforce under Lend Lease program

This Dauntless is the same as the SBD, but does not have the tail-hook used for carrier operations.

2024-02-21
1944-May-08 KIFA RCAF Wing Commander Jean Paul Joseph Desloges 2024-02-21

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