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  SBD-3 Dauntless Bureau Number 03294  
USMC
VMSB-231

Pilot  2nd Lt. John W. Zuber (rescued)
Gunner  Cpl. Duane L. Rhodes (rescued)

Ditched  September 20, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, California. Constructors Number 1114. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-3 Dauntless bureau number 03294.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMSB-231 "Ace of Spades". This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 20, 1942 took off piloted by 2nd Lt. John W. Zuber on a mission. This SBD ditched into Lake Tegano on eastern Rennell Island. Also ditched was SBD-3 Dauntless 03293.

Fates of the Crew
Both crew survived unhurt.

Rescue
On September 24, 1942 PBY Catalina from VP-91 rescued both crew plus gunner Thiessen from SBD Dauntless 03293.

References
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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