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Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:39:22 PM »
The Douglas SBD Dauntless was a naval dive bomber made by Douglas during World War II. The SBD was the United States Navy's main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943, when it was largely replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. The aircraft was also operated by the United States Army as the A-24 Banshee. More history here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_SBD_Dauntless

And images down there, first pack...

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 06:45:03 PM »
Next pack of images...

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010, 02:30:23 AM »
The factory photos in the first batch were taken just a mile or so from where I work. The Douglas/Tulsa plant is still in use, though not for its original purpose, and it looks pretty much the same on the outside today as it did in these pictures. You can see the pilot B-24 line in a couple of the pictures. When the A-24 order of 615 airframes was complete the plant went into full B-24 production, followed by the A-26 in 1944.

Two of the four airworthy SBD-type aircraft are actually A-24s.

The father of a co-worker of mine was a member of the 3rd Attack Group, 8th Squadron during the time when they were flying the A-24s in combat early in the Pacific war.

Great subject!
Scott
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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010, 08:44:20 AM »
Thank you mate for your valuable input  :-ok Please tell me, is it unit of your friends father, has been previously equipped with Curtiss Shrike?

Next set of images is A model  :-flo

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2010, 12:21:51 PM »
Following images present B model and different operators so except of the US samples you will see here Chile, France and Mexican machines.

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 12:25:53 PM »
Next pack of B model images...

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2010, 12:28:41 PM »
More B images...

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2010, 12:32:27 PM »
And the final set of images, all B model  :-tri

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2010, 09:13:29 PM »
What a great collection!!! :-ok :-flo

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2010, 09:33:39 PM »
Lovely images! :-flo

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2010, 01:03:26 AM »
Nice!

I'll bet I'm the only one here who has flown in an SBD...!   :)) :-smey :-cool

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2010, 01:07:46 AM »
Glad you like this images ;) Paul- I guess you are right :))

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2010, 03:54:25 PM »
Outstanding collection  :-clap :-clap :-clap

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2010, 04:52:26 PM »
This is just small selection of A-24, with SDB Dauntless there would be many pages with images ;)

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Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2010, 10:58:45 PM »
Thank you mate for your valuable input  :-ok Please tell me, is it unit of your friends father, has been previously equipped with Curtiss Shrike?

Yes, the 3rd Attack (later redesignated as 3rd Bombardment Group) had the A-12 Shrike in the between-wars years.

Again, great photos, and especially the airplanes that were flown by other countries. Here in the U.S. a lot of A-24s were used as utility airplanes and target tow-tugs.

Scott