Orders were placed by
the US Marine Corps and US Navy for the SBD Dauntless in April
of 1939 to satisfy the need for a new dive bomber. The Marine
Corps orders were filled first with the SBD-1 models, followed
by the Navy order of SBD-2s. The most numerous of the
Dauntless were the SBD-5s. The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and
Mexico both ordered the SBD-5 models, although these never saw
service with Britain or Mexico. The US Army also received the
Dauntless and dubbed it the A-24 Banshee. The A-24s were never
popular with the Army pilots and most of them were kept in
training roles. This Dauntless is an SBD-5 that is owned and
operated by the Planes of Fame museum in Chino.
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