Battle of Midway SBD's BuNos

Tdinaz

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Jan 11, 2022
Good day all,
I am in process of building a scale model of the SBD-3 that LTJG Norman Kleiss of VS-6 attached to the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway flew. I know that the side of his aircraft had the black "S7" and had two white stripes on the tail. But I am not able to find anywhere the Bureau Numbers of the SBDs used by VS-6. I can find the information for VB-6 that was led by Lt Best but not VS-6. Does anyone know this information or where it can be found.
Thanks
 

mjfur

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There are 24 hits for VS-6 on this page with five associated with Midway.

4518/4691 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
4526 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, lost at Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942
4600 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise lost in Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942.
4604 (VS-6) destroyed on deck of USS Enterprise 6/4/42 due to enemy action. Another reference has this plane being with VB-8 and assigned to USS Hornet and lost at Midway Jun 5, 1942
4612 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, lost Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942.
4615 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, shot down 6/4/42, Battle of Midway.

There are six hits for VS-6 on this page with five associated with Midway.
US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos--Third Series (00001 to 10316)

03185/03384 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
03206 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03207 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03208 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03224 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03225 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway

You can also do a Search for VS-6 in the upper right and get multiple hits which may or may not provide more information.
 
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Tdinaz

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Jan 11, 2022
The BuNo for VS-6's SBD-3 6-S-7 "Black 7" of Kleiss/Snowden was 4659.
Great, thanks for that! Do you mind where you found that? I had found previously the aircraft that were lost by BuNo but nothing specifically to the aircraft assigned number by the squadron or who was flying it.
 

Tdinaz

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Jan 11, 2022
There are 24 hits for VS-6 on this page with five associated with Midway.

4518/4691 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
4526 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, lost at Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942
4600 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise lost in Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942.
4604 (VS-6) destroyed on deck of USS Enterprise 6/4/42 due to enemy action. Another reference has this plane being with VB-8 and assigned to USS Hornet and lost at Midway Jun 5, 1942
4612 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, lost Battle of Midway Jun 4, 1942.
4615 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise, shot down 6/4/42, Battle of Midway.

There are six hits for VS-6 on this page with five associated with Midway.
US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos--Third Series (00001 to 10316)

03185/03384 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless
03206 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03207 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03208 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03224 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway
03225 (VS-6) attached to USS Enterprise (CV-6) lost Jun 4, 1942, Battle of Midway

You can also do a Search for VS-6 in the upper right and get multiple hits which may or may not provide more information.
Thanks for the information, much appreciated
 

mozit

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Jan 11, 2020
The BuNo for VS-6's SBD-3 6-S-7 "Black 7" of Kleiss/Snowden was 4659.

I too would be interested in the source for this. My information has Kleiss in (S-) 7 or (V-S-) 7, but BuNo 3232 (see attached). In the info I have BuNo 4659 is not listed as being on any of the carriers at Midway.
TIA
 

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mozit

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Jan 11, 2020
Oops, my bad!
BuNo 4659 was VS-5's SBD-3 5-S-17 "Black 17" of Larson/Gardner.
Sorry to bug again, but can you pls double-check the BuNo 4659? Again, that BuNo does not appear anywhere in my midway info. VS-5 as I have it is attached. BuNos appear complete, a/c codes not.
If 4659 is correct, can you pls tell me where that comes from?
Thanks
 

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