IXO Models IXJ200613 USN Douglas SBD3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber - Lt. Dale Hilton, VS-6, USS Enterprise (CV-6), 1942 (1:72 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The Dauntless was the standard shipborne dive-bomber of the US Navy from mid-1940 until November 1943, when the first Curtiss Helldivers arrived to replace it. Between 1942-43, the Dauntless was pressed into service again and again, seeing action in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Guadalcanal campaign. It was, however, at the Battle of Midway, that the Dauntless came into its own, singlehandedly destroying four of the Imperial Japanese Navy's frontline carriers. The SBD (referred to, rather affectionaly by her aircrews, as "Slow But Deadly") was gradually phased out during 1944. The June 20th, 1944 strike against the Japanese Mobile Fleet, known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea, was the last major engagement in which it was used. From 1942 to 1944, the SBD was also used by several land-based Marine Corps squadrons.
Built as a two-seat, low-wing Navy scout bomber, the Dauntless was powered by a single Wright R1820 1200-horsepower engine. It became the mainstay of the Navy's air fleet in the Pacific, suffering the lowest loss ratio of any U.S. carrier-borne aircraft. A total of 5,936 SBDs were delivered to the Navy and Marine Corps between 1940 and the end of its production, in July 1944.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USN Douglas SBD3 Dauntless dive-bomber that was piloted by Lt. Dale Hilton, who was attached to VS-6, then embarked upon the USS Enterprise (CV-6) durng 1942. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7 inches
Length: 5.5 inches
Release Date: September 2006
Historical Account: "The Big E" - CV-6 Enterprise, known quite affectionately as The "Big E", was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy and the seventh US Navy ship of that name. She was a Yorktown class aircraft carrier, launched in 1936, and one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II that survived the entirety of the war (the others were Saratoga and Ranger). She was the only ship outside of the British Royal Navy to earn the highest award of the British Admiralty Pennant, and participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan, including the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, as well as participating in the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo. Enterprise has the distinction of earning 20 battle stars, the most for any US warship in World War II, and was clearly the most important and most centrally-involved of all of them as well. Some have even labeled her the most glorious and honored ship in all of United States Naval history, rivaled only perhaps by the 18th-century frigate USS Constitution.