By Barrett Tillman
Popularly referred to as the Douglas Dauntless, the U.S. Navy's SBD dive bomber was once good named. even though thought of out of date on the time of the assault on Pearl Harbor, the Dauntless became the tide of conflict within the Pacific with the destruction of 4 eastern companies on the conflict of halfway, making its mark in aviation heritage for sinking extra enemy companies than the other airplane. nonetheless in provider at war's finish, the Dauntless used to be the one U.S. provider plane in operation from Pearl Harbor to V-J Day. The Dauntless was once the single American army airplane to fly in al 5 of the naval engagements fought completely by means of plane companies and was once credited with sinking the 1st jap fleet submarine and shedding the 1st bombs on Japanese-occupied soil throughout the battle. The SBD was once additionally energetic within the Atlantic, sinking Vichy French delivery at Casablanca and German vessels in Scandinavian waters. In among his authoritative bills of those missions, Barrett Tillman tells the rousing tale of the lads who took the "slow yet lethal" Dauntless into strive against, loving her for her ruggedness and dependability whereas wishing for extra pace and firepower. one of the humans he describes is the pilot who approximately single-handedly knocked out a jap service and died within the strategy, and SBD squadron that flew without notice into the Pearl Harbor assault. choked with interesting images, this e-book used to be extensively acclaimed in 1976 while first released and is now to be had for the 1st time in paperback.
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During this time, far north, Shima’s 2YB was busily engaged in refueling, having arrived at Mako at 0830 that morning from Amami-Oshima. Now Shima was waiting while Combined Fleet and Manila’s staffs argued about Toyoda’s latest order to Mikawa. Shortly after midnight of October 19, after mulling Mikawa’s suggestion to attach Shima to Ozawa or Kurita (see last chapter), Toyoda had peremptorily made dispatch No. ”10 This amounted to telling Mikawa how he should deploy his forces. Important to notice is at this time Kusaka’s “suggestion” to Kurita to consider a double penetration by 1YB via Surigao Strait had not yet been made.
The heavy cruisers went first, including Kurita’s flagship, Atago. Then the great dual leviathans Yamato and Musashi and stalwart Nagato moved from the northern zone of the vast anchorage. 1 Behind them, Brunei Bay was not yet empty: Vice Admiral Nishimura’s Third Section, with Yamashiro and Fuso, remained at anchor. At this point, the destinies of Third Section and its parent 1YB effectively diverge; they will rejoin only on October 26. Until then Kurita’s force will appear only in passing as it relates to the subject fleets of this study, the Third Section of Vice Admiral Nishimura and Second Striking Force (2YB) of Vice Admiral Shima, with its two detached elements, The Guard Force and Desdiv 21, operating in or near Leyte.
Given that stipulation, Combined Fleet’s working plan for future operations was as follows: (a) Kurita’s First Striking Force (1YB) would advance from Brunei through San Bernardino Strait and annihilate the enemy invasion force in Leyte Gulf. ” (e) The Imperial Navy’s submarine fleet (Advance Expeditionary Force) “will destroy damaged enemy vessels and troop convoys” with all the boats at its disposal. (f) Kurita was to arrive off the mouth of Leyte Gulf and drive in to destroy the transports on X-day.
The Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War II by Barrett Tillman