Military Factory

Dive Bomber Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/20/2014

For a period in aviation history, the Dive Bomber aircraft was the undisputed champion of precision bombing.

There are a total of 39 Dive Bomber Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)
The Aichi-produced B7A "Ryusei" (translated to "Shooting Star" and nicknamed "Grace" by the Allies) was a limited-production ...
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Aichi D3A (Val)
The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the war in the Pacific began....
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Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
The E16A Zuiun (translated into "Auspicious Cloud" and codenamed "Paul" by the Allies) was a dedicated reconnaissance floatpl...
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Arado Ar E.340
Arado proposed the Ar E.340 for a German Air Ministry requirement during World War 2 calling for a twin-engined, medium-class...
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Blohm and Voss Bv P.192
The German concern of Blohm & Voss (also Blohm und Voss) is largely remembered for their commitment to shipbuilding and its l...
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Brewster XA-32
The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bombers an...
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Brewster XSBA-1 / SBN-1
The Brewster aviation concern managed some - albeit slow - headway on their XSBA/SBN carrier aircraft. The type was a three-s...
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Bristol Brigand
In 1942, the British Air Ministry sought to replace its Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter fleet with a newer, faster, twin-en...
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CAC Woomera (A23)
The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World War 2. The push of Japan...
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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a rather unassuming dive bomber / reconnaissance aircraft serving throughout World War 2 begin...
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Curtiss SBC Helldiver
In 1932, the United States Navy contracted the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to produce a modern, two-seat fighter design for us...
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Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (1939-1945). The type fulfill...
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Douglas A-24 Banshee
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gaining complete air superio...
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Douglas BTD Destroyer
The awkward-looking Douglas BTD Destroyer was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use on American carriers in World...
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Douglas SBD Dauntless
The Douglas DBS Dauntless dive bomber was a key cog in the America Navy war effort throughout the Pacific during World War 2....
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Fairey Barracuda
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) attempted to replace its aging Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber line of World War 2...
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Fairey Spearfish
Fairey Aviation, founded as early as 1915, had been designing, developing and building warplanes since World War 1 (1914-1918...
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Grumman TBF Avenger
Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as one of the most potent tor...
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Henschel Hs 123
The Henschel-produced Hs 123 aircraft became the last operational biplane for the German Luftwaffe during World War two. Born...
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Henschel Hs 132
The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under development in the closing yea...
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Junkers Ju 187
Throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the early 1940s, the Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bomber asserted itself as on...
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Junkers Ju 87 (StuKa - Sturzkampfflugzeug)
Before the Allies would gain air superiority over the skies of France and Germany, the Junkers Ju 87 "StuKa" dive bomber woul...
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Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-1945) and, like its sister ...
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Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide an aircraft carrier-type...
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Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese military of World War 2 (1939-...
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Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)
The Loire-Nieuport LN.40/LN.401 series of aircraft was a carrier-based dive bomber developed for the French Navy prior to Wor...
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Martin B-57 Canberra
When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into service much of its existing...
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Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where designs such as the Lockheed ...
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Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Ann)
Mitsubishi played a prominent role as a primary defense contractor for the Empire of Japan during World War 2. To fulfill an ...
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Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" during World War 2. The Mitsub...
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North American A-36 Apache (Invader)
The A-36 Apache was a United States Army version of the successful North American P-51 Mustang piston-engine fighter. The ori...
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Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the British and Americans. Instead,...
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Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft after founding his Tupol...
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Vought SB2U Vindicator
The Vought SB2U "Vindicator" became the first monoplane dive bomber adopted by the United States Navy when it was first taken...
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Vultee A-35 Vengeance
The A-35 Vengeance was a dive bomber produced by the Vultee Aircraft Company and resulted in over a thousand examples being u...
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Vultee XA-41
It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern to develop a viable sing...
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Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)
The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (translating to "Comet" and nicknamed "Judy" by the Allies) was a capable dive bomber serving the Imp...
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