WWII Survivor

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  1. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    The National Naval Aviation Museum will begin the one-year restoration of a Douglas SBD Dauntless at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

    The museum has completed the recovery portion of the plane from Lake Michigan.
    The Douglas SBD Dauntless made its debut in WWII as the Navy's most-advanced dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943 and was credited with winning the Battle of Midway and turning the tide of the war.

    During this time, young American WWII pilots were also given their first opportunity to take off and land on aircraft carriers in Lake Michigan, and as a result, many planes missed their marks and ended up at the bottom of the lake.
     
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    I had read about this somewhere in the last couple of weeks. She looks like she's in pretty good shape after 60 plus years of resting on the bottom.
    I've always been a fan of the Dauntless.
    Thanks for the post and the pic. ;) :)


    Art
     

  3. Millwright

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    Hmmmm.....gear down, tail hook up......They didn't do "bolters" in that era......

    The aircraft seems in pretty good condition for such a oxygen-rich environment from the picture. >MW
     
  4. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    It's going to the WWII Museum in New Orleans after restoration (1 yr)
     
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    Hook up....maybe that's why he didn't get a wire :eek:
     
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    Cool!!! I might have a chance to check her out.

    Good catch on the hook being up. ;)



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    cool pic,,thanks for posting!:)
     
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    I have posted earlier about a friend taking me up in a restored SNJ-5 that was originally stationed at Pensacola NAS. It was made in 1944 when I was eight years old

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