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|Subcategory||:||WW2 US Aircraft|
|Series||:||Allied Wings No 5|
|Publisher/Brand||:||RAF in Combat|
|Author||:||Cliff F.L. Jenks, Malcolm Laird, Phil Listemann|
This product was added to our database on Thursday 16 October 2008.
Category Aviation Books, Subcategory WW2 US Aircraft, ISBN/Box 9782952638197, Series Allied Wings No 5, Publisher/Brand RAF in Combat, Author Cliff F.L. Jenks, Malcolm Laird, Phil Listemann, Format a5, No. Pages 38, Version sb, Language English
After the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour the Pacific based squadrons of RNZAF began to receive modern US warplanes. Under the command of Squadron Leader T.J. McLean de Lange, No.25 Squadron was created on 31 July 1943, as the RNZAF's sole SBD Dauntless dive bomber squadron. In March 1944, No.25 began operations on Guadalcanal; objective Rabaul. In eight weeks 530 sorties were flown for the loss of only five aircraft. However, due to the outdated nature of the Dauntless, the Squadron was disbanded at the end of May and surviving pilots transferred to RNZAF Corsair squadrons.
Unlike most RNZAF squadrons, each Dauntless was allocated to an individual crew, so most sported large personal markings of which most have been represented in this short book. No.5 in the Allied Wings series is richly illustrated of 30 photos plus 12 colour profiles.
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