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Dauntless SBD

The Douglas Dauntless dive bomber was produced in large quantities from 1940 onwards and served in the Pacific theatre until the end of WW2. Claiming with some justification to be the first US aircraft to see combat a flight of eighteen Dauntless arrived over Pearl Harbour in time to be involved in the Japanese attack - seven were lost in this action. It was the most successful carrier aircraft and made it’s major claim to fame at the Battle of Midway when three Japanese carriers were sunk in the space of six minutes. Some 5,900 examples of the many variants were built serving with both land based and carrier based units.

SBD - the category stands for scout-bomber-douglas but known by the crews as - Slow But Deadly! The Dauntless was replaced at the end of the war by the SBC2C - the Helldiver built by Curtiss - disliked by the crews it quickly became known as the ‘Son of a Bitch 2nd Class - black humour never far away from the military!

The image depicts a section of Dauntless aircraft, from VB-5 probably on the Yorktown, coming into contact with the Japanese carrier fleet prior to the Battle of Midway. Composite of aircraft photographs from Canadian airshows and skyscape from my archives.

Title:Dauntless
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:2 Aug 2010 - 3:05 PM
Tags:Aircraft, Dauntless, Digital art
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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
2 Aug 2010 - 3:31 PM

a cracker Pat

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franken
franken e2 Member 112922 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 3:35 PM

Another really excellent image.


Ken

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 3:42 PM

Nice to see the Yanks doin their Bit Pat and interesting commentary on Pearl Harbour.....
Regards Rick

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 6:08 PM

not seen quite a few of your latest but they are all equally good, I like the feeling of flying alongside this one - very clever

Linda

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
2 Aug 2010 - 9:39 PM

Another nice composition. Excellent lighting.

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photophantom
3 Aug 2010 - 12:38 PM


Quote: Not seen quite a few of your latest but they are all equally good, I like the feeling of flying alongside this one - very clever

Linda

wow
Dennis

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2010 - 7:38 PM

Fantastic shot and well put together Pat,

Paul

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bromley-smith
4 Aug 2010 - 10:08 PM

Top quality Pat, superb.
Tony

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viscostatic
5 Aug 2010 - 12:36 PM

A beautiful image and as always with interesting background information.

Phil.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 3:13 PM

Superb composite Pat accompanied by your great write-up. Terrific light, atmosphere and depth to this one.
Sylvia

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2010 - 9:38 AM

Another superbly composed image and informative write-up.
Steve.

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digital_boi
12 Aug 2010 - 11:04 AM

nice one again Pat excellent narrative also click very informative thanks

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 5:19 PM

Hi Pat, another beauty I see sorry 2 have missed 2 many buy u understand Thanks 4 the kind and caring comment means a great deal.
Ann xxx

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digital_boi
7 Sep 2010 - 1:52 PM

excellent shot and superb narrative as always very informative

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Valerie1
Valerie1 e2 Member 664 forum postsValerie1 vcard Northern Ireland
17 Sep 2010 - 8:51 AM

Lovely lighting and detail.
Valerie

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