World War II Dive Bombers

SBD Dauntless A-24

The Douglas SBD Dauntless was a United States dive bomber in World War II. Originally developed to be used by the US Navy, it was also used by the US Army and called the A-24 Banshee. Almost 6,000 of the Douglas SBD Dauntless were built between the years of 1940 and 1944 by Douglas aircraft .


In the Battle of Midway it was SBD dive bombers that devastated the Japanese Navy, by destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers.Douglas SBD's destroyed more enemy ships in the Pacific than any other aircraft.

The Douglas SBD Dauntless was powered by a Wright R-1820 radial engine and had a maximum speed of around 250 mph. The Douglas SBD had a combat range of over 1,100 miles and a service ceiling of approximately, 25,500 feet.

The Douglas SBD Dauntless was armed with two .50 caliber Browning machine guns in the front and, two .30 caliber Browning machine guns in the rear. The Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber could carry around 2,200 lbs of bombs.

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver



The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a US Navy dive bomber in World War II. Over 7,000 of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver's were built by Curtiss Wright and introduced in the year of 1943. Production of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver ended in the year of 1945.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was powered by a Wright R-2600 radial engine and had a maximum speed of around 300 mph. The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver flew at a ceiling of around 25,000 feet and had a range of around 1,200 miles.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was armed with two of the .30 caliber Browning machine guns and had two 20 mm cannons. The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver carried up to 2,000 lbs bombs or torpedoes.

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Aichi D3A



The Japanese Aichi D3A codenamed "val" was a dive bomber in World War II. Almost 1,500 of the Japanese Aichi D3A were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy, by Aichi Kokuki during World War II.

The Japanese Aichi D3A was powered by a 14 cylinder radial Mitsubishi Kinsei engine. The Japanese Aichi D3A had a range of over 900 miles and a service ceiling of over 30,000 feet.


The Japanese Aichi D3A was armed with two 7.7 mm machine guns in front and one 7.7 mm machine gun aimed toward the rear. The Japanese Aichi D3A could carry over 550 lbs bombs.



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Japanese Yokosuka D4Y



The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y codenamed "Judy" was a Japanese dive bomber in World war II. Over 2,000 of the Japanese Yokosuka D4Y were built from 1942 until 1945. The D4Y was one of the fastest dive bombers in World War II.


The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y was powered by a V12 Aichi Atsuta (daimler benz design). The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y had a top speed of over 340 mph. The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y had a service ceiling of over 35,000 feet and a range of over 900 miles.

The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y was armed with two 7.7 mm machine guns in front and one 7.92 machine gun in back. The Japanese Yokosuka D4Y could carry 1,100 to 1,700 lbs of bombs.

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Junkers Ju 87 Stuka



The German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a dive bomber in World War II used by the German Luftwaffe. Produced roughly between the years of 1935 and 1945, there were around 6,500 total built by Junkers.


The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was powered by a Junkers Jumo V12 and had a top speed of over 370 mph. The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka had a service ceiling of almost 27,000 feet and a range of over 300 miles with a bomb load.

The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was armed with two 7.92 machine guns in the front and one in the rear. The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka carried one 550+ bomb under its fuselage and carried one 100+ lb bombs under each of its wings.

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