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

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

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Douglass SBD Dauntless

Name

Length

Wingspan

Weight

Max Bomb-load

Armament

Speed

Ceiling

Range

Empty

Max Take-Off

Douglass SBD Dauntless

33

42

9,359

2,250 lbs.

2x .30 mgs; 2x .50 mgs

254 mph

24,275

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 & Pacific 40.

 

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.

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