Jump to content

  • Log in with Twitter Log in with Windows Live Log In with Steam Log In with Google      Sign In   
  • Create Account

Photo
- - - - -

Which was the best 1942 Dive Bomber


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

Poll: Which Was the Best 1942 Dive Bomber in That Role (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Was the Best 1942 Dive Bomber in That Role

  1. Aichi D3A Val (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

  2. Douglas SBD Dauntless (10 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  3. Junkers Ju 87 Stuka (6 votes [30.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.00%

  4. Pertlyakov Pe-2 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Blackburn Skua (1 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#1 hurricane5

hurricane5

    Registered Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Joined 5 Years, 1 Month and 20 Days
  • 1 topics

Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:07 AM

Which was the best dive bomber in the dive bombing role. It does not matter how often the aircraft was used, but how effective it was in its main role.

Some dive bombers were not included as they didn't match the 1942 criteria such as the SB2C Helldiver or they were already far obsolete like the Heinkel He 50.

#2 yulzari

yulzari

    Regular Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 9 posts
  • Joined 12 Years, 2 Months and 5 Days
  • 0 topics

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

The Albacore was in service in 1942 and an excellent dive bomber.

#3 USAF Steve

USAF Steve

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 22 posts
  • Joined 4 Years, 2 Months and 9 Days
  • 2 topics

Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:23 PM

I voted for the Val...I find it hard to believe any other dive bomber caused as much damage to the enemy at that point of the war...although I'm not really counting the one big success the Dauntless had at Midway because I think a lot of that was the result of the sequence of events, and if the Japanese defenders hadn't been down on the deck chasing all the torpedo planes the Dauntlesses would have had more problems.



#4 garyt

garyt

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
  • Joined 3 Years, 4 Months and 8 Days
  • 1 topics

Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:52 AM

All  3 were accurate and could be effective if they had air superiority, and all 3 were not very effective if attacked by fighters.  The Val could maneuver well and had great range.  It comes up short tho in fire power (250 Kg bomb load) and ruggedness, I believe both the other planes had self sealing fuel tanks and pilot armor.

 

The SBD's range is what I have the biggest question with.  I see it all over the place, my guess it's due to it's range being factored as a scout, with a 250kg bomb, and a 1000kg bomb.  But you can't have both - pick the great range or the heavier bomb load, don't pick scout range with a heavy bomb load.

 

Overall I think it was a little superior to the Stuka in range, tho this could vary a lot.  What type of extra fuel carried, which version, etc., etc. all made a difference.

 

Both were rather rugged.

 

I'd say it's a real close call between the Stuka and the SBD - we just have to compare verisons of both planes that were available at the same time. 



#5 Spitfire13

Spitfire13

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Joined 3 Years, 4 Months
  • 1 topics

Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:29 AM

I'm going to have to go with the SBD Dauntless.

#6 CORSNING

CORSNING

    Forum Guru

  • Forum Guru
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,526 posts
  • Joined 3 Years, 11 Months and 6 Days
  • 179 topics
  • LocationClyde, Ohio, USA

Posted 26 February 2014 - 06:22 PM

http://www.alternate...com/SAC/SAC.htm

 

I have not researched any of the dive bombers enough to have any intelligent input. But the information at this site gives official performance and specs on the early (and late) Douglas SBD.

 

Jeff



#7 Prestonater2

Prestonater2

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts
  • Joined 2 Years, 1 Month and 5 Days
  • 0 topics
  • LocationWashington,tyne and wear,United kingdom

Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:52 AM

For me it would have to be the Douglas Dauntless.without doubt....
Regards keith.

#8 [email protected]

[email protected]

    Advanced Member

  • Regulars
  • PipPipPip
  • 309 posts
  • Joined 2 Years and 30 Days
  • 18 topics
  • LocationTyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:25 AM

The Douglas Dauntless for me,proved very effective in the Pacific theatre.
Regards Keith.

#9 CORSNING

CORSNING

    Forum Guru

  • Forum Guru
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,526 posts
  • Joined 3 Years, 11 Months and 6 Days
  • 179 topics
  • LocationClyde, Ohio, USA

Posted 31 May 2015 - 03:33 PM

I forgot to mention that I agree with USAF Steve about the Dauntless and The Battle of Midway.

#10 Ricky

Ricky

    Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 2,967 posts
  • Joined 14 Years, 4 Months and 8 Days
  • 138 topics

Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:47 AM

I'd go for the Stuka. The automatic pull-out system allowed steeper dives






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users