Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    Single engine, low wing, carrier based scout/dive bomber.Both sides of fuselage: "109," U. S. star and bar insignia. On the tail, "Navy" and U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics number "54605" and "SBD-4" in white. Wings have U. S. star and bar insignia. Wing Span 16.51 meters (650 in.), Length 12.42 meters (489 in.), Height 4.19 meters (165 in.), Weight 4,788 kg (10,556 lb)

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    Single engine, low wing, carrier based scout/dive bomber.Both sides of fuselage: "109," U. S. star and bar insignia. On the tail, "Navy" and U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics number "54605" and "SBD-4" in white. Wings have U. S. star and bar insignia. Wing Span 16.51 meters (650 in.), Length 12.42 meters (489 in.), Height 4.19 meters (165 in.), Weight 4,788 kg (10,556 lb)

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    Single engine, low wing, carrier based scout/dive bomber.Both sides of fuselage: "109," U. S. star and bar insignia. On the tail, "Navy" and U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics number "54605" and "SBD-4" in white. Wings have U. S. star and bar insignia. Wing Span 16.51 meters (650 in.), Length 12.42 meters (489 in.), Height 4.19 meters (165 in.), Weight 4,788 kg (10,556 lb)

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    Single engine, low wing, carrier based scout/dive bomber.Both sides of fuselage: "109," U. S. star and bar insignia. On the tail, "Navy" and U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics number "54605" and "SBD-4" in white. Wings have U. S. star and bar insignia. Wing Span 16.51 meters (650 in.), Length 12.42 meters (489 in.), Height 4.19 meters (165 in.), Weight 4,788 kg (10,556 lb)

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and wheels of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and wheels of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    Retracted landing gear of Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless in the Sea-Air Operations exhibition.

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    Retracted landing gear of Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless in the Sea-Air Operations exhibition.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the Undercarriage and landing gear of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image is a antenna on the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image is a antenna on the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the tire and tailhook of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image are the tire and tailhook of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image is the rear gun of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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    Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war. The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Highlighted in this image is the rear gun of the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless.

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The Douglas SBD Dauntless was one of the truly great aircraft of World War II. It played a major role throughout the Pacific. On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, SBDs destroyed four Japanese carriers, dramatically altering the course of the war.

The SBD's design was based on the Northrop BT-1, but with engine and structural changes. Production orders were placed in April 1939, with all SBD-1s going to U.S. Marine Corps units. Subsequent models were sent to Navy squadrons, with each succeeding model carrying such improvements as increased fuel capacity, illuminated gunsights, and armor plates for the crew. England, New Zealand, and France also used SBDs. The SBD-6 was the last production model, with 450 built.

This SBD-6 carries the markings of VS-51 (Navy scout squadron), which operated in the Pacific during World War II.