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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.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Dauntless

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luckybry 8 3 Scotland
2 Aug 2010 3:31PM
a cracker Pat

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 3:35PM
Another really excellent image.

W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 3:42PM
Nice to see the Yanks doin their Bit Pat and interesting commentary on Pearl Harbour.....
Regards Rick
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 6:08PM
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

UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
2 Aug 2010 9:39PM
Another nice composition. Excellent lighting.

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
3 Aug 2010 12:38PM

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


harrattp 11 11 4 England
4 Aug 2010 7:38PM
Fantastic shot and well put together Pat,

4 Aug 2010 10:08PM
Top quality Pat, superb.
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2010 12:36PM
A beautiful image and as always with interesting background information.

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
7 Aug 2010 3:13PM
Superb composite Pat accompanied by your great write-up. Terrific light, atmosphere and depth to this one.
Another superbly composed image and informative write-up.
12 Aug 2010 11:04AM
nice one again Pat excellent narrative also click very informative thanks
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
13 Aug 2010 5:19PM
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
7 Sep 2010 1:52PM
excellent shot and superb narrative as always very informative
Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
17 Sep 2010 8:51AM
Lovely lighting and detail.

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