Douglas SBD-5A/A-24B

Last revised August 26, 2000


The A-24B-DE was the designation applied to sixty aircraft (42-60882 to -60941) that were ordered for the USAAF under Navy contracts but were actually delivered to the Marine Corps as SBD-5As, where they were assigned BuNos 09693/09752). They differed from standard SBD-5s in having a pneumatic tailwheel and being fitted with Army equipment and instruments. No arrester hook was ever fitted to these land-based aircraft.

Sources:


  1. American Combat Planes, Third Enlarged Edition, Ray Wagner, Doubleday, 1982.

  2. The Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War II, Barrett Tillman

  3. McDonnel Douglas Aircraft Since 1920: Volume 1, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1988.