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Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless

Shown here is a formation of U.S. Marine Corps Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers from Marine Scouting Squadron Three (VMS-3) Devilbirds in flight near the Virgin Islands. Based at MCAS Bourne Field, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, during the entire course of its existence, the squadron logged patrols from 1934 to 1944. Included among them were flights on 11-14 May 1942 to circumvent the expected escape attempt of the French Fleet for Guadaloupe. Note the Atlantic Theater camouflage on the aircraft. John M. Elliott Maj. USMC(Ret.): The Official Monogram US Navy & Marine Corps Aircraft Color Guide - Vol 2, 1940 - 1949, p. 42, ISBN 0-914-14432-4. The photo is credited to the Naval Historical Center, transferred from en.wikipedia; U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.253.590 (b/w)

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Bigbird, Jul 2, 2011
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