Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
is available online from Squadron.com
Squadron/Signal Publications go back in time with the latest addition to
their Walk Around series. This time the Douglas SBD Dauntless is given the
This Walk Around is authored by Richard S. Dann with colour by Don Greer, and
artwork by Dave Gebhardt and Darren Glenn.
To my knowledge, this is the third Walk Around authored by Rich Dann, the other
two being the F4F Wildcat, and another Douglas product, the A-1 Skyraider.
His two previous efforts have been excellent and the Dauntless Walk Around
continues in the same vein.
As with all of the Squadron/Signal Walk Around series, the format is
photographic coverage supplemented by comprehensive captions, line drawings, and
The whole airframe is covered commencing with the different types of propeller
and wends its way around the engine, cowling, cockpit, armament, including
ammunition storage, gun mounts and the guns themselves, radios, hatches – and
what's in them, bomb racks, antenna and aerial mounts, arrestor hook,
undercarriage, pitot, landing and navigation lights, flaps/dive brakes, control
surfaces etc, etc.
The photographic coverage is great with full-colour shots of three preserved
aircraft as well as sharp clear black and white war-time ones some of which are
well known but quite a few will be new to even the most hard bitten fan of US
naval aviation. Contemporary colour photographs can be a trap for young players
as restored airworthy aircraft tend to have been modified with updated radio and
navigation equipment but to Squadron/Signals credit, the captions point out
these differences and additions.
By reading the captions to the photographs you are given the whole Dauntless
story through all of the different variants from the SBD-1 through to the SBD-7
in U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps usage as well as foreign operations by New
Zealand, Mexico, France, the UK (trials only). Coverage is given for the U.S.
Army version, the A-24 Banshee.
The book is in landscape format with 79 glossy pages that contain 107 full
colour photographs, 85 black and white photographs, fifteen line drawings and 12
colour profiles between cardboard covers.
Nice stuff from Squadron/Signal.
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample
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