Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Douglas SBD Dauntless
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 37° 46.808′ N, 122° 17.911′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Ferry Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grumman J2F Duck (within shouting distance of this marker); Vought A-7A Corvair II (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grumman F6F Hellcat (about 400 feet away); Alameda: Bay Area Aviation Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pan Am China Clipper Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad (approx. half a mile away); The Jimmy Doolittle Pier Alameda Naval Air Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Working Waterfront (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
More about this marker. The marker is one of four airplane-related markers at the newly opened (February 2022) park at the shoreline of the former Alameda Naval Air Station.
Also see . . . Douglas SBD Dauntless (Wikipedia).
"The Douglas SBD Dauntless is a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944. The SBD ("Scout Bomber Douglas") was the United States Navy's main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The type earned its nickname "Slow But Deadly" (from its SBD initials) during this period....(Submitted on February 10, 2022.)
During its combat service, the SBD proved to be an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics from the perforated dive brakes, good defensive armament, and ruggedness...."
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 10, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.