The Douglas SBD Dauntless was an American naval dive bomber developed by the Douglas company. The SBD, with name Dauntless, was the United States Navy's main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943. Although relatively slow and outdated when it began its combat career, it was rugged and dependable and sank more Japanese shipping than any other aircraft during the Second World War.

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This is a Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless coded "24" with c/n 1775. It is on display at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego CA, USA

Photographed Januari 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless with code 36176 and "B-25" at the Palm Springs Air Museum (Ca).

Photographed by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

PART 1 (seen inside November 2013)

PART 2 (seen outside in 2017)


This Dauntless "54654" was seen at the USS Midway carrier museum at the harbour of San Diego, CA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


This SBD-3 with bur.no 06508 flew from 1943 a short time from the carrier Enterprise with bombing squadron 10. It later was used as trainer and lost in Lake Michigan. It remained there many years before recovered from 1990 and restored. It is on display at the National WW2 museum in New Orleans and is on loan from the National Naval Aviation museum at Pensacola.

Photographed Summer 2019 by Ronald van Voorst (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Several plastic scale models exist of the Dauntless with 1/72 models of the old Airfix and now better Hasegawa. In 1/48 scale of Testors, Hasegawa and Nichimo. In 1/32 scale Trumpeter has a kit and Matchbox / Revell an old one. Look for the 1/32 Revell kit recensie (in Dutch hier....)


This walk around page was first created February 2012 by M. de Vreeze