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Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless"
A-24 Banshee
"Slow But Deadly"
Douglas SBD-3
General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Speed 410 km/h
Category Dive Bomber/Torpedo aircraft
General Ingame Information
Used by USA
Guns 2 x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Bombs 2 x 500 kg
or
53 cm torpedo
Seat 2 2 x M1919A4 Browning
600 rounds
Historical Picture
Douglas SBD-3real

The history of the Douglas SBD "Dauntless" is closely linked with the history of a whole new weapon system, the aircraft carrier. Although it was later also used by land airfields, but they had been designed specifically for use on board of this new type of capital ships. This is indicated by the abbreviation SBD = Based Divebomber Sea (sea-based dive bomber), which was translated by the pilots also jokingly as "Slow But Deadly".

The word Dauntless means fearless way, and you will understand, if you flew into battle with a Dauntless. For its time it was a very modern airplane as a cantilever monoplane with all-metal construction. The Dauntless was a dive bomber that could bring its bomb load in a dive with pinpoint accuracy. The achieved speed of dive bombs also gave them the high penetrating power, which was important especially for use against enemy combat ships and fortifications. The Dauntless was also armed with a torpedo for fighting ships which was dropped at low altitude.

In FHSW, the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless is a dangerous weapon in the hands of a skilled pilot both in the fight against land targets as well as ships. Because of their low speed they should beware of the more agile enemy fighters.

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