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Osprey Combat Aircraft #10: SBD Dauntless Units of World War 2by Barrett Tillman
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Unquestionably the most successful dive-bomber ever to see frontline service with any air arm, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the scourge of the Japanese Imperial Fleet in the crucial years of the Pacific War of World War II (1939-1945). The revolutionary all-metal stressed-skin design of the SBD exhibited airframe strength that made it an ideal dive-bomber, its broad wing, with horizontal centre section and sharply tapered outer panels with dihedral, boasting perforated split flaps that doubled as dive brakes during the steep bombing attacks
The revolutionary all-metal, stress-skin design of the SBD Dauntless gave the aircraft the strength needed to make it an excellent dive bomber — and the scourge of the Japanese Imperial Fleet. In all, some 584 Dauntless airframes were flown from carrier decks and island bases against the Japanese at Guadalcabal, Coral Island, and Midway.
The author examines this aircraft's impressive combat record by charting its Navy career in the Pacific Theater and recording the wartime experiences of pilots in the U.S. Marine Corps and Royal New Zealand Air Force. Thirty original color drawings illustrate the various Dauntless markings and the uniforms of the pilots. Archival photographs sourced from the best collections in the world complement this original artwork and full appendices.
About the Author
Barrett Tillman is the worlds most prolific US naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years, and he is currently working on several future projects too.
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