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Chicago's Midway Airport is named in honor of the men who heroically fought at the Battle of Midway, June 4-6, 1942. To assist in the presentation of this important chapter of America's history and vigilante struggle to preserve freedom throughout the world, a SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber is currently on display at Midway Airport.

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PDF of Midway Airport Project Brochure
Dan Kasberger photographs of SBD Party at Crowley's Yacht Yard
Bob Golbois photographs of SBD Party at Crowley's Yacht Yard and Midway Dedication

 

On September 14, 1944 SBD B-16 Bureau Number 10575 crashed off the U.S.S. Sable.
At the controls was Ensign Albert Grey O'Dell, who suffered only minor injuries.

Sable Log Dec 14, 1944 10575.pdf
Accident Report 10575.pdf

  April 11, 1989 A. and T. Recovery located the resting site of Bureau Number 10575. August 26, 1991 B-16 was brought to Crowley's Yacht Yard for disassembly and shipment to restoration.
  SBD B-16 Bureau Number 10575 had been on display at the Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio painted in the coloration of an Army Air Corps A-24.
 

The airplane has now been repainted to represent the SBD used by Ensign Frederick Thomas Weber at the Battle of Midway.

Photo of Ensign Frederick T. Weber USNR

Navy History of Ensign Weber.

  As a result of the effort to bring a SBD to Midway Airport, because of the generous contributions of corporations and private individuals the restoration of another SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber will be funded, providing the opportunity for the National Museum of Naval Aviation bring to the attention of the American public another example of this gallant warrior. SBD Bureau Number 36177 will be that airplane, also recovered from Lake Michigan.

A&T Recovery, Chicago-based firm, has already recovered 31 World War II planes
from the lake on behalf of the National Museum of Naval Aviation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
     
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