Flight deck crew pushing a SBD-2 Dauntless aircraft into position aboard USS Lexington, 1941

Caption   Flight deck crew pushing a SBD-2 Dauntless aircraft into position aboard USS Lexington, 1941 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   1996.253.570
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Jun 2013

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1. Curt La Fontaine says:
6 Jun 2013 07:19:18 AM

For a 1941 picture any idea why plane does not have red "meat ball" in center of star
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
6 Jun 2013 01:42:53 PM


You ask a good question. I have caught many dating errors through the changing markings of aircraft and vehicles. In this case, however, the red disc is present in the center of the star - it is just badly washed out in this photo. If you reduce the brightness way down and increase the contrast way up, the disc will begin to emerge. I think this photo is dated correctly and the aircraft is marked as it should have been.

Keep looking closely at these photographs and keep pointing out seeming errors – I am confident there are still plenty out there to be caught.

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