Douglas SBD Dauntless
The Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber made history in the destruction of four Japanese carriers
during the Battle of Midway. Used by both the U. S. Navy (USN) and U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). It had slotted dive brakes
that could be opened in the trailing edge of the wings to slow down its rate of
descent when making near vertical dives on the target.
A-24 Dive Bomber
The U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) also used a version of the Douglas SBD, known as the
A-24. This version was nearly identical to the US Navy SBD Dauntless, but had a few minor alterations, including an inflated rear tire and no tail hook. In Army service, the A-24 was not as successful, and only used to a limited capacity in the Pacific by the 5th AF, 3rd BG in the South Pacific and the 7th AF in the Central Pacific, and 11th AF in Alaska.