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Douglas A-24B
Douglas RA-24B-15-DT (S/N 42-54897) assigned to Air Transport Command. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The A-24B (US Navy SBD-5) arrived in 1943 powered by the 1,200-hp Wright R1820-60 engine. The 407th Bomb Group, assigned to the 11th Air Force, flew A-24Bs against the Japanese held island of Kiska, Alaska, during July and August 1943. From December 1943 until March 1944, the 531st Fighter Squadron of the 7th Air Force flew A-24Bs from Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands against Japanese controlled islands in the Marshall Islands. The A-24Bs were then withdrawn from combat.

The B model was similar to the previous A-24 model but had a more powerful engine than either the A-24 or A-24A. As a result, A-24B could fly slightly faster and higher than the earlier models. The A-24B lacked the small air intake on the top of the engine cowling present on the earlier models and is an easy way to distinguish the B model.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an A-24 on display in the Air Power Gallery.

Type Number built/
A-24B 615 Air Corps version of SBD-5

Armament: Two .50-cal. machine guns in the nose and twin .30-cal. flexible machine guns in rear cockpit; 1,200 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Wright R-1820-60 of 1,200 hp
Maximum speed: 254 mph/220 knots
Cruising speed: 180 mph/156 knots
Service ceiling: 27,000 ft.
Range: 950 miles with 1,200 lbs. of bombs
Span: 41 ft. 6 in.
33 ft. 0 in.
Height: 12 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 10,200 lbs. maximum (with 1,200 lbs. of bombs)
Crew: Two
Serial numbers: 42-54285 to 42-54899

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