Operation Leader

Mark Postlethwaite

 

 

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Operation Leader Mark Postlethwaite

Dauntlesses and Wildcats from USS Ranger attack German shipping in Bodo harbour on 4th October 1943.

The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navy's main dive bomber from mid - 1940 until late 1943. The Douglas SBD Dauntless was involved in combat from the first day of the Pacific War, as Dauntlesses arriving at Hawaii from USS Enterprise were caught in the Pearl Harbor attack. The type's first major use was in the Battle of the Coral Sea, when SBDs and TBDs sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho. SBDs were also used as anti-torpedo combat air patrol and scored several times against Japanese aircraft trying to attack USS Lexington and USS Yorktown.

Their relatively heavy gun armament (two forward firing .50 calibre machine guns, one to two rear flexible-mount .30 calibre machine guns) was more than just a sinecure against the lightly built Japanese fighters, and many pilot-gunner combinations took an extremely aggressive attitude to fighters which attacked them. One pilot, "Swede" Vejtasa, was attacked by 8 A6M Zero fighters and managed to hold them off and down 3 in the process. His skill as a fighter pilot was clear and he was immediately transferred to fighters. In October 1942 he downed 7 enemy planes in one day. However, the SBD's most important contribution to the American war effort probably came during the Battle of Midway (early June 1942), when Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber attacks sank all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers (the Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu) as well as heavily damaging two Japanese cruisers (including the Mikuma, which sank before a Japanese destroyer could scuttle it.)

 

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Overall Print Size 24" x 16" (inches) Fine Art Giclee Prints on Paper

 
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