DOUGLAS SBD DAUNTLESS

DAUNTLESS SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA
Model: ?
Designations: SBD; A-24, BT, F-24
Names: Dauntless; Banshee (A-24, rarely used)
First official flight: (XBT-2) 22/04/1938
(SBD-1) 01/05/1940
Factory production period: 1940 - 1944
Primary service period: 1940 - 1944
Last official flight: (QF-24 / DF-24) 1950

DAUNTLESS VARIANTS

1940 Model: ? SBD-1 57  
1940 Model: ? SBD-2 87 Total: 0144
         
1941 Model: ? SBD-3 585  
1941 Model: ? A-24 168 Total: 0753
         
1942 Model: ? SBD-4 780  
1942 Model: ? A-24A 170 Total: 0950
         
1943 Model: ? SBD-5 2965  
1943 Model: ? SBD-5A 60  
1943 Model: ? A-24B 615 Total: 3640
         
1944 Model: ? SBD-6 450 Total: 0450

Grand Total: 5937

DAUNTLESS PRODUCTION

XBT-2 1938, prototype carrier-based scout / dive bomber.
Airframe a production Northrop BT-1 (BuNo. 0627, 55 built), heavily modified
and redesignated as the XBT-2.
Further modified by Douglas as the XSBD-1 (new c/n: 330).

SBD-1
As XSBD-1, revised cowling, engine upgrade,
prop spinner, 3 guns (1 rear facing).
Produced 1940

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.1596 / 1631 549 / 584  
BuNo.1735 / 1755  585 / 605

Total: 0057

SBD-2
As SBD-1, combat modifications, more fuel capacity.
Produced 1940 - 1941
Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.2102 / 2188
- 1 (2109), crashed
before delivery.
628 / 714

Total: 0087

SBD-3
As SBD-2, engine / armament (4 guns) upgrade.
Produced 1941 - 1942

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.4518 / 4568 751 / 801  
BuNo.4569 / 4645 803 / 955 (odd numbers)  
BuNo.4646 / 4691 957 / 1002  
BuNo.2109
- Transferred to replace
crashed SBD-2.
1003  
BuNo.03185 / 03384 1007 / 1206  
BuNo.06492 / 06701 mixed 1229 to 1516 Total: 0585
18 to RNZAF as NZ5001 / NZ5018.

A-24
USAAF version of the SBD-3, no arrester hook,
Larger tail wheel, US Navy designation SBD-3A.
Produced 1941 - 1942

Douglas El Segundo, California (DE)

41-15746 / 41-15823 802 / 956 (even numbers)  
42-6682 / 42-6771 mixed 1209 to 1526

Total: 0168

SBD-4
As SBD-3, prop / spinner upgrade, 24-volt electrical
system, minor changes.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.06702 / 06991 mixed 1547 to 2246  
BuNo.10317 / 10806 mixed 2247 to 2970 780

Total: 0780

27 to RNZAF as NZ5019 / NZ5045.

A-24A
USAAF version of the SBD-4.
US Navy designation SBD-4A.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Douglas El Segundo, California (DE)

42-6772 / 42-6831 mixed 1527 to 1811  
42-60772 / 42-60881 mixed 1812 to 2728

Total: 0170

SBD-5
As SBD-4, cowling top intake deleted, engine upgrade,
greater fuel load, minor changes.
Produced 1943 - 1944

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.10807 / 11066 mixed 2236 to 3405  
BuNo.28059 / 29213 3406 / 4560  
BuNo.35922 / 36421
- 1 (35950), converted
to an SBD-6.
4561 / 5060  
BuNo.36433 / 36932 5061 / 5560  
BuNo.54050 / 54599 5564 / 6113

Total: 2965

23 to RNZAF as NZ5046 / NZ5068.

SBD-5A
As A-24B, for USAAF but delivered to USMC. 
Produced 1943 - 1944

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

42-60882 / 42-60941
Delivered to USMC as:
BuNo.09693 / 09722
BuNo.09723 / 09752


3236 / 3265
3361 / 3390

Total: 0060

A-24B
USAAF version of the SBD-5.
US Navy designation SBD-5A.
Produced 1943 - 1944

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

42-54285 / 42-54899 17124 / 17738

Total: 0615

585 additional airframes cancelled.

SBD-6
As SBD-5, engine upgrade, greater fuel load, ASV radar.
1 (35950), converted from an SBD-5.
Produced 1944

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.54600 / 55049  6114 / 6563

Total: 0450

SBD-6A - Prototype for a USAAF equivalent, cancelled.
                 Selected prototype aircraft (35922) delivered as an SBD-5.

Grand Total: 5937

DAUNTLESS CONVERSIONS

US Navy

SBD-1P 8 SBD-1, conversion for photo reconnaissance.
SBD-2P 14 SBD-2, conversion for photo reconnaissance.
SBD-3P 43 SBD-3, conversion for photo reconnaissance.
XSBD-6 1 SBD-5(28830), 1943, factory converted prototype for the SBD-6.

USAAF / USAF

RA-24 1+ A-24, 1942, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.
RA-24A 1+ A-24A, 1942-1948, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.
(F-24A) 1+ 1948-1950, redesignation of the RA-24A.
(QF-24A) 1 F-24A(42-6783), 1948, radio-controlled drone, assigned s/n: 48-044.
RA-24B 1+ A-24B, 1943-1948, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.
(F-24B) 1+ 1948-1950, redesignation of the RA-24B.
(DF-24B) 1 F-24B, 1948, drone control aircraft, assigned s/n: 48-045.

British RAF / Royal Navy

Dauntless DB.Mk. I

9

SBD-5, 1944-1945, to RAF/ RN for evaluation.
Assigned RAF s/n: JS997 / JS999, JT923 / JT928.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - SBD's used by French and Mexican Air Forces during and after WW2.

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