I have fairly recently acquired a couple of books that go into great lengths on
aircraft vs. aircraft. RT has done an exceptional job of posting many duels of
WW2 aircraft on this site already. I hope that the several 'duels' that I intend
to post in the future will help to complement what RT has started.
This particular matchup has always been a mystery to me. The Douglas SBD
was also used by the USAAF as the A-24. In one particular military test it
outright states that in A/C vs. A/C the Hurricane was the best aircraft to use
against the A-24 be cause of its slow tight turning circle.
All this leads one to wonder what a Douglas P-?? would have performed like.
Think shrunken, lightened, one crew member and perhaps war emergency
The following is Captain Eric M. Brown's assessment of the SBD-3 Dauntless
versus the Zeke. This duel is listed under the chapter " 1942 Year of Mixed
Fortunes ". That would make the Zeke model in question probably an A6M2
or possibly an A6M3:
SBD-3 Dauntless Versus Zeke
The Dauntless would find itself totally outlclassed by the redoubtable Zeke,
which would be able to deal with it summarily in any phase of flight. The
slow operation of its dive brakes made the Dauntless particularly vulnerable
at the start and termination of a dive-bombing attack. The only hope of
survival was a lucky hit by the rear gunner.
Verdict: From this one-sided affair the Zeke would likely emerge victorious.
I actually totally agree with Cpt. Brown. However there is always the definitive
truth that there is no substitution for skill and experience. Double T actually was
the first to bring this duel up on this site back on 4 Feb. 2007. It has become
time to share the event with the rest on this site.
Edited by CORSNING, 04 February 2018 - 01:32 PM.