Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless – LCDR C. Wade McClusky, VB-6 US Navy, USS Enterprise, Battle of Midway 4 June 1942
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA0174: SBD-3 Dauntless as flown by LCDR C. Wade McClusky of VB-6 US Navy on the carrier USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway, June 1942
Length 5.5 inches Wingspan 7 inches
June 4, 1942 LCDR C. Wade McClusky led aircraft to locate the Japanese Fleet off Midway Island. When they arrived the enemy had gone so McClusky made a history altering decision. He guessed correctly where the Japanese Fleet was and his Group attacked and sank two carriers. Two Zeros attacked and his gunner W.G. Chochalousek managed to down one plane but 55 bullets ripped through the Dauntless wounding McClusky but not harming the gunner. He nursed the plane back to the Enterprise and later was awarded the Navy Cross.
Designed as a light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, various versions of the Dauntless served workhorse of the US Navy in the Pacific. The Dauntless dive-bomber was the only plane to fight in every major Pacific engagement. The SBD-3, sarcastically nicknamed “Speedy Three”, entered service in March 1941 with production ending in July 1944, by which time a total of 5,936 had been built in all versions.
Model has superbly accurate looking photo etched etended dive brakes.