Which was the best 1942 Dive Bomber
Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:07 AM
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.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:14 PM
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.
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.
Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:52 AM
Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:25 AM
Posted 31 May 2015 - 03:33 PM
Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:47 AM
I'd go for the Stuka. The automatic pull-out system allowed steeper dives
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