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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 359?? Tail 42 115

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Ian Smith 2010

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, CA. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD Dauntless bureau number 359??. Squadron code "42-115" painted in white. Likely, this aircraft is SBD-5 Dauntless 35954.

Mission History
This aircraft crashed near Bonis Airfield.

In the early 1970s, pieces of wreckage with a SBD Dauntless Bureau Number were noted by Charles Darby at in a pile where they had been collected at Bonis Plantation, including the tail section and remains of the wings.

Charles Darby adds:
"The SBD-5 serial I read as BuNo 359(4?)? -- the last two being indecipherable. There was a 42 in small white figures below the 115 code. Wreckage consisted of the tail unit and remains of wings, which had red-outlined national markings. I understand the aircraft was from the USS Yorktown CV-10."

Thanks to Charles Darby and Ian Smith for additional information.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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