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Douglas SBD Dauntless
Technical Information

Background
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.

Technical Details
Crew  Two (pilot, rear gunner/radio)
Engine  One Wright R-1820-32 radial engine driving three bladed propeller
Span  32'
Length  32' 1"
Height  13' 7"
Maximum Speed  256 mph
Range  1,225 miles
Armament   (nose) 2 x .50 cal machine guns (rear) 2 x .30 cal machine guns
Bomb Load  (centerline) up to 1,600 lb bomb, (under wings) up to 650 lb bombs
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