Vought SB2U-3, “Vindicator”, ‘VMSB-241’, Midway Atoll
This model represents a “Vindicator” attached to Marine Bombing Squadron Two Forty One, (VMSB-241). It was flown by 2nd Lt. Sumner Whitten, with Sgt. Frank E. Zelnis, as gunner.
After unsuccessfully attacking the Japanese battleship HMIJNS Haruna, “Number Eleven” was set upon by several A6M2 “Zero” fighters. In the following fight, Sgt Zelnis was able to drive off the attacking aircraft by shooting one down and damaging a second. However, this was not before both he and Whitten were wounded. Over one hundred and sixty nine bullets holes were counted in their SB2U.
Model is the 1:48 scale Accurate Miniatures kit.
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