Unquestionably the most successful dive-bomber ever to see frontline service with any air arm, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the scourge of the Japanese Imperial Fleet in the crucial years of the Pacific War of World War II (1939-1945). The revolutionary all-metal stressed-skin design of the SBD exhibited airframe strength that made it an ideal dive-bomber, its broad wing, with horizontal centre section and sharply tapered outer panels with dihedral, boasting perforated split flaps that doubled as dive brakes during the steep bombing attacks.
About the Author
Award-winning aviation writer Barrett Tillman is the author of books on the Corsair, Crusader, Hellcat, and Dauntless Dive Bomber, all published by the Naval Institute Press.
Jon Lake is a freelance aviation and defence writer and journalist. Taught to fly by the University of London Air Squadron, RAF, while studying a modern history degree at Royal Holloway College, he worked for Aerospace Publishing, and was one of the founding editors of "World Air Power Journal," He subsequently compiled the Soviet and international military sections of J"ane's All The World's Aircraft," An Osprey author since 1988, Jon is presently the Defence Editor of "Flight Daily News," The author lives in Oxford, UK.
Chris Davey has illustrated more than 20 titles for Osprey's "Aircraft of the Aces," "Combat Aircraft" and "Aviation Elite Units" series since 1994. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax and Sunderland.Chris Davey lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.
"The impact of the battles the Dauntless participated is hard to calculate, but author Tillman brings forth many interesting facts, in particular that the statistic that the few SBD crews that served in the Pacific at the start of the war, patrolling the largest geographical area of any air unit in the world. Arguably, they had the greatest impact on their theater of war, participating in so many turning point battles, and flying to victory. For anyone interested in the history of the Dauntless and its crews, this book will have much to offer, for first time readers, and seasoned historians alike." -www.pacificwrecks.com