Info & Indexes
 World War I
 World War II
   US Army AF
   US Navy & MC
      A20G Havoc
      AT-6 Texan
      F2A Buffalo
      F4U Corsair
      F4F Wildcat
      F6F Hellcat
      F7F Tigercat
      F8F Bearcat
      O2SU Kingfisher
      PBM Mariner
      PBY Catalina
      PV-1 Ventura
      SB2C Helldiver
      SBD Dauntless
      TBB Devastator
      TBF/TBM Avenger
   Great Britain
 1971 to date


  Prints & Posters
  Aviation Books


Douglas SBD "Dauntless"

     The Dauntless was the standard shipborne dive-bomber of the US Navy from mid-1940 until November 1943, when the first Curtiss Helldivers arrived to replace it. The SBD was gradually phased out during 1944, and the 20 June 1944 strike against the Japanese Mobile Fleet in the Battle of the Philippine Sea was therefore its last major action as a carrier-borne aircraft.
     In 1942-43,  at the Battle of the Coral Sea,  in the bitter Guadalcanal campaign and most of all in the decisive Battle of Midway, the Dauntless did more than any other aircraft to turn the tide of the Pacific War.  At Midway on 4 June 1942 it wrecked all four Japanese carriers, and later in the battle sank a heavy cruiser and severely damaged another.  From 1942 through to 1945,  in addition to its shipboard service,  the SBD saw intensive use with the US Marine Corps,  flying from island bases.
     It was in the great carrier battles of the Coral Sea and Midway that the SBD became a legend when it was credited with severely damaging one carrier and helping sink another (Shoho) during the former encounter and sinking four carriers during the latter. The Midway success not only broke the back of Japanese naval carrier aviation, but also represented the turning point of the Pacific campaign. Service feats by the SBDs throughout World War II are nothing less than amazing - shooting down 138 planes and sinking 300,000 tons of enemy shipping while losing less than 100 to enemy fire (the lowest loss rate of any aircraft of the entire war).     
Ordered by the Navy in 1939, the first SBD "Dauntless" dive bombers produced by Douglas Aircraft Company were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps and to carrier units in 1940. Some were also produced for the Army as the A-24 "Banshee". Of the 5,396 built, only a few remain today. 

Douglas SBD Dauntless
From our Premier Series.  1/28th scale.  14" wingspan by 14" long.
  No. AENBD-PR.  Only $164.95
Douglas SBD Dauntless
From our Deluxe Series
1/32nd scale.  15.5" wingspan by 12.5" long.
  No. AENBD-ST.  Only $119.95
aviation td15