Tactical Bomber: SBD Dauntless - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)
Tactical Bomber: SBD Dauntless - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

Tactical Bomber: SBD Dauntless - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

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Part Number:EU40.2_USTAC-2

Douglass SBD Dauntless





Max Bomb-load






Max Take-Off

Douglass SBD Dauntless




2,250 lbs.

2x .30 mgs; 2x .50 mgs

254 mph


453 mi.

375 mi.


Douglass SBD Dauntless Tactical Bomber


ID: Plastic tactical bomber gaming piece: Douglass SBD Dauntless tactical bomber from the game Axis & Allies Europe 40-2nd Ed & Pacific 40-2nd Ed.


The Story of the Dauntless Dive Bomber: Though considered a bit slow and outmoded by some, the Douglass SBD Dauntless ended up sinking more Japanese shipping than any other plane in the war!  Less known is the fact that it was also used (to a lesser extent) by the Army as a dive bomber as the A-24 Banshee.  Its finest hour was doubtless the Battle of Midway, when the carrier-borne SBD squadrons managed to sink (or fatally damage) 4 Japanese carriers, dealing the Imperial Japanese Navy a stunning blow from which it would never fully recover.  In the long, drawn-out battle of attrition that was the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Dauntless was one of the most deadly weapons in the US arsenal once again, sinking the carrier Ryujo in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons and 1 cruiser and 8 transports in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.  Whats more, operating from the rough airstrips of the Cactus air base, SBDs served a vital role as a clean-up crew, finishing off numerous Japanese cripples left in the waters of Iron-Bottom Sound on the morning after Guadalcanals numerous night engagements.  Later in the war the Navy began replacing the SBDs with the faster and longer-ranged SB2-C Helldivers, which were far less popular with their crews.  Nevertheless, it was the daring Dauntlesses which had already dealt most of the decisive blows in the skies above the Pacific War!


Usage Notes: Use this piece for Global 1939 and Invasion of Italy Variants as a tactical bomber unit.  Other US aircraft of interest may be: the Lockheed P-38 Fighter, the Grumman F6F Hellcat Fighter, & Boeing B17 Flying Fortress Strategic Bomber.

2 Stars
Way Larger than Expected
I ordered several of these Dauntless models to replace the P-38s in my A&A 1942 set, as I find the latter too large for use on carriers (and an odd choice for the US fighter model in general). Thankfully these were inexpensive, because they're not going to work at all - they're huge! Seriously I had no idea they were going to be a different scale. They're nearly the size of the B17. It's a shame because I have no use for them. It's a carrier plane that won't integrate with the carrier model...
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Connecticut. on 6/23/2014
5 Stars
They work for me.
A bit difficult to place on carriers but not impossible. I find a 1 to 1 ratio with fighters gives a strong offensive and defensive punch.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Austin, Texas. on 10/8/2016
5 Stars
SBD "Dauntless" Dive Bomber
I'm grateful that Historical Board Gaming has made it possible to buy additional out-of-box pieces to add to our games. Mark me a SATISFIED CUSTOMER!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from East Texas. on 7/14/2016



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