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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 38035  
USMC
VMSB-331

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas Aircraft Company at its El Segundo Plant in California (factory number 4674) and delivered to the Navy on September 23, 1943.

The Dauntless was assigned to 331 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron, based on Nanumea Airfield.

Mission History
This SBD took off from Nanumea Airfield at dusk on November 27, 1943 on a submarine patrol until dawn of the next morning. One of the main undercarriage legs failed to extend and the pilot was made a forced landing. The pilot was unhurt, but the Dauntless was written off.

Wreckage
The fuselage of the SBD-5 with its wings removed nearby remain at the overgrown airfield.

References
Thanks to Robert Stitt for this information.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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