Douglas SBD Dauntless / A-24 Banshee

1st Flight 1940

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Air to air view of No. 25 Squadron RNZAF Dauntless (NZ5049) over Bougainville. 1944.
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Evaluated by the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.

The Douglas SBD Dauntless is a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944.

The SBD (“Scout Bomber Douglas”) was the United States Navy’s main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944.


The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers.

The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

The type earned its nickname “Slow But Deadly” (from its SBD initials) during this period.


During its combat service, the SBD proved to be an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber.

It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, manoeuvrability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics from the perforated dive brakes, good defensive armament, and ruggedness.

One land-based variant of the SBD – omitting the arrestor hook — was purpose-built for the U.S. Army Air Forces, as the A-24 Banshee.



Crew: 2

Length: 33 ft 1.25 in (10.0902 m)

Wingspan: 41 ft 6.375 in (12.65873 m)

Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)

Wing area: 325 sq ft (30.2 m2)

Airfoil: root: NACA 2415; tip: NACA 2407

Empty weight: 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)

Gross weight: 9,359 lb (4,245 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 10,700 lb (4,853 kg)

Fuel capacity: 260 US gal (220 imp gal; 980 l) in non-metallic self-sealing fuel tanks

Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW)

Propellers: 3-bladed Hamilton-Standard constant-speed propeller


Maximum speed: 255 mph (410 km/h, 222 kn) at 14,000 ft (4,300 m)

Cruise speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn)

Range: 1,115 mi (1,794 km, 969 nmi)

Ferry range: 1,565 mi (2,519 km, 1,360 nmi)

Service ceiling: 25,530 ft (7,780 m)

Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)

Wing loading: 28.8 lb/sq ft (141 kg/m2)

Power/mass: 0.128 hp/lb (0.210 kW/kg)


Guns: ** 2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns in engine cowling

2 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) flexible-mounted Browning M1919 machine guns in rear

Bombs: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg) of bombs.


SBD Dauntless in detail and scale-Bert Kinzey

SBD Dauntless units of WW2-Barrett Tillman

US Navy carrier bombers of WW2-Squadron/Signal Publications



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