Built by Douglas at El Segundo, CA. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD Dauntless bureau number 359??. Squadron code "42-115" painted in white. Likely, this aircraft is SBD-5 Dauntless 35954.
This aircraft crashed near Bonis
In the early 1970s, pieces of wreckage with a SBD Dauntless Bureau Number were noted by Charles Darby at in a pile where they had been collected at Bonis Plantation, including the tail section and remains of the wings.
Charles Darby adds:
"The SBD-5 serial I read as BuNo 359(4?)? -- the last two being indecipherable. There was a 42 in small white figures below the 115 code. Wreckage consisted of the tail unit and remains of wings, which had red-outlined national markings. I understand the aircraft was from the USS Yorktown CV-10."
Thanks to Charles Darby and Ian Smith for additional information.
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January 31, 2018