Nice work! These look great! The paint jobs and colors suit them well and I like the bits of into as to where they served.View attachment 657678
A Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-5) during the Second Battle of Bermuda, circa April of 1943.
The SBD Dauntless was first developed and introduced in 1940 by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a replacement for the older Curtiss SBC Helldiver as the US Navy's primary scouting and dive bomber. The aircraft was armed with two Colt 12.7mm machine-guns in the nose, two 7.62mm MGs in the rear for defense, and could carry up to 2,250 pounds of bombs and was equipped with dive brakes for diving attacks against ground and sea targets. For the whole duration of the Second Great War, the Dauntless would prove itself as an excellent dive bomber, sinking a large number of Radius and Japanese ships as well as ground targets. The type would also serve in modified form in the United States Air Force as the A-24 Banshee, in addition, small numbers would be supplied to the air forces of Quebec, Denmark, and Brazil before the conflict as well as the German Navy using some aboard their own carriers. A grand total of 6,233 airframes would be produced from it's production run from 1940 to 1944.
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A Curtiss SB2C Helldiver from the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-12) during the Battle of Rockall Bank in late 1943.
The SB2C was developed in 1940 to replace the SBD Dauntless, in which was to be faster than the preceding type and could carry more armaments. As the SB2C began to enter service in early 1943, problems with the new model were discovered which included structural problems, poor handling, directional instability. Curtiss in response, would tweak the design, delaying it's introduction into service, in which it was not until later that year when the first planes were ready for battle in time for the Battle of Rockall Bank. There, the Helldiver would prove it's worth to the pilots who flew as it sank some British warships during the battle. Later in the war, the Helldiver would also see combat service over the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, the British Isles, the Pacific Northwest, and the Atlantic coastline of the CSA. When production of the SB2C ended in November of 1944, a grand total of 4,187 airframes would be constructed and would serve in the air forces of Ireland, Quebec, Haiti, Texas, Brazil, and Portugal. It's armament would include two 20mm cannons in the wings, two 7.62mm machine-guns in the rear, four optional 12.7mm machine-guns in pods underneath the wings, eight 5-inch HVAR rockets, and up to 2,000 pounds of bombs or a single torpedo in it's internal bomb-bay.
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A TBF Avenger from the light aircraft carrier USS Roanoke (CVL-15) in the North Pacific, circa December of 1943.
By 1940, it was evident to the US Navy that the TBD Devastator torpedo bomber was obsolete, which would prompt the navy to start looking for a replacement. By December of the following year, the replacement would be selected from the Grumman corporation was adopted as the TBF Avenger. By the spring of 1942, the first production aircraft would be introduced into use with the US Navy aboard their carriers stationed in the Pacific. By the end of the summer, the Avenger would be in full service as the navy's standard carrier borne torpedo bomber and would quickly prove it's worth during the Second Battle of the Three Navies. The Avenger was powered by Wright R-2600-8 Twin Cyclone 14 cylinder radial engine with a top speed of 278 miles per hour, and was armed with two 12.7mm machine-guns in the wings, a single 12.7mm machine-gun in the rear turret, and one 7.62mm machine-gun in the ventral position. The bomber could carry either eight 5-inch HVAR rockets, 2,000 pounds of bombs, or a single torpedo. During the Second Great War, the Avenger would serve in great numbers in both the Union Navy and Marine Corps, as well a small number being used by the German Navy aboard the SMS Graf Zeppelin and with the Luftwaffe in Mittleafrika. Post-war, the Avenger would be developed into many different variant including one for anti-submarine warfare and would not be retired until the 1960s, in which a grand total of 9,000 airframes would be built.