In combination with the destruction of Akagi and Kaga by the dive-bombers
of TF 16, the IJN lost three of its four carriers (and the battle of Midway) in scarcely more than five minutes of action.
Trading ordnance weight for flight time, the dive-bombers
dropped their bombs.
THE Junkers JU87 or Stuka - short for Sturzkampfflugzeug, the German word for dive-bomber
- was a twoseater aircraft easily recognised from its cranked wing shape, fixed undercarriage and fearsome wailing produced by sirens in the wings.
Luck played in the decisive dive-bomber
attack at 1025 on 4 June, but mutual confidence between Nimitz, Fletcher, and Spruance had established the conditions fulfilled by the courageous American pilots.
As a result, given the frenetic nature of Japanese CAP operations after about 0800 (particularly aboard Akagi and Kaga), it is unlikely that many of these second-wave aircraft were ever spotted on the flight decks before the fatal American dive-bomber
attack commenced at 1020.
is probably most noted for its work in the Pacific, especially during the Battle of Midway where its type sank three major Japanese aircraft carriers and damaged a fourth.
The Liverpool troop ship HMT Lancastria was carrying more than 6,000 servicemen and civilians - with some estimates as high as 9,000 - when she was hit by German dive-bombers
during the Second World War.
This illustrated reference for German military aircraft enthusiasts focuses on three types of German dive-bombers
used in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s: the Heinkel He 50; the Henschel Hs 123 Angelito; and the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka.
But Sevastopol was where they engaged in siege warfare - old-fashioned, big artillery pieces, hundreds and hundreds of sorties by the Luftwaffe, and its bombers and dive-bombers
After all, what teenage girl would be impressed with a guy who had three Stuka dive-bombers
hanging over his chest of drawers?
The Germans' Stuka dive-bombers
are so badly mauled they are withdrawn from the Battle.
In September, 1944, Foster took command of 849 Squadron in the Far East and, the following January, commanded a squadron of dive-bombers
during Operation Meridian, which was the largest ever undertaken by the Fleet Air Arm.