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DAUNTLESS IN PEACE AND WAR
On January 12, 1994, A&T Recovery, rescued 2106 from the depths of Lake Michigan
SBD 2106 survived, the Imperial Japanese Navy's raid on the U. S. Navy Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Bureau Number 2106 was carried to Midway Island in May (1942) for the purpose of strengthening the U.S. Marine Corps' Scout Bombing Squadron TWO FORTY ONE (VMSB-241) in preparation for the Japanese offensive that Naval intelligence agencies were anticipating.
On 4 June this Dauntless, wearing the side code of 6, an abbreviated form of 241-MSB-6, and manned by 1stLT Daniel Iverson, Jr., pilot, and PFC Wallace J. Reid, radioman-gunner, participated in the decisive Battle of Midway. Bureau Number 2106 survived the costly Marine attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu that cost VMSB-241 half its Dauntlesses.
This engagement resulted in both Iverson and Reid being wounded in action, and Bureau Number 2106 collecting at least 210, perhaps as many as 259, holes in its airframe from projectiles, as well as suffering further damage upon its return and crash landing on Midway. The Navy awarded Iverson with the Navy Cross and Reid with the Distinguished Flying Cross for their heroism during the mission.
Recovery, Chicago-based firm, has already recovered 31 World War II planes
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