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Douglas SBD Dauntless

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The Douglas SBD (Scout Bomber Douglas) was developed from the BT (Bomber Northrop) which first flew 1935.  The SBD first entered service in 1940 and was the Navy's front-line dive bomber in the early months of World War II until replaced by the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver.

The Dauntless saw action at Coral Sea and Midway and was credited with sinking five Japanese carriers.  Midway was the turning point in the war in the Pacific.

With minor changes, the SBD was purchased by the US Army as the A-24 Banshee.

 Specifications (SBD-6)  Designations
Type: Scout/Bomber
Engine: one 1,350 hp (1007 kW) Wright R-1820-66 Cyclone
SBD: U.S. Navy Scout-Bomber
A-24: U.S. Army Attack aircraft
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