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Offline GamerMommy

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Re: The above poster's name
« Reply #120 on: January 20, 2008, 08:52:42 am »
An anagram of Aravel, the earliest known city of the Chicken Empire, or so the myth goes. The myth tells of how chickens, because not being able to run or fly, developed their cognitive abilities instead. Though the War-Mongering humans managed to bring terror to their people. The humans enslaved the population of the empire. They retained control over them so long, people simply forgot this proud species had intelligence. Through the blunder of a young boy thinking it was a simply domesticated farm animal, human-king learned the practical applications of chicken meat. Thus leading to the form of the chicken we know today.

(LMAO....fantastic!!!!!!)

carry on, then...(and skip me...you're on Cool AN)

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« Reply #121 on: January 20, 2008, 09:30:48 am »
An's Cool?
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« Reply #122 on: January 20, 2008, 09:42:49 am »
I think you explained it in gabbly once. Something about a comic character you made.

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« Reply #123 on: January 20, 2008, 10:12:39 am »
Sounds Epic? Maybe a RPG name first?

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« Reply #124 on: January 20, 2008, 12:14:29 pm »
I think you explained it in gabbly once. Something about a comic character you made.
Mhmmm.
A woman's name?
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« Reply #125 on: January 20, 2008, 04:17:23 pm »
Kills people.
The best person ever.  She should have won the Peace Prize.

What? No full control over children? You do realize that some of us have particular plans for those children.

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« Reply #126 on: January 20, 2008, 08:04:06 pm »
is little?
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No capitalization......

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« Reply #127 on: January 21, 2008, 04:26:36 am »
not crazy.

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« Reply #128 on: January 21, 2008, 04:42:31 am »
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The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navy's main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943, when it was supplanted (although not entirely replaced) by the SB2C Helldiver. The SBD was involved in combat from the first day of the Pacific War, as Dauntlesses arriving at Hawaii from USS Enterprise were caught in the Pearl Harbor attack.

The U.S. Army sent 52 A-24 Banshee's in crates to the Philippine Islands in the fall of 1941 in order to increase the American defense there with the 27th Bombardment Group, however with the attack of Pearl Harbor, these aircraft were diverted to Australia where they were assembled. While in Australia, these aircraft were plagued with mechanical problems and would see combat with the 91st Bombardment Squadron. On 17 February 1942, only seven of the original 52 A-24s were combat ready. The A-24s had worn-out engines, no armor plating, and no self sealing fuel tanks. Referring to themselves as "Blue Rock Clay Pigeons." The 91st attacked the enemy harbor and airbase at Bali and damaged or sunk numerous ships around Java. After the Japanese shot down two A-24s and damaged three so badly they could no longer fly, the 91st received orders to evacuate Java in early March, ending a brief but valiant effort.

The Banshees left in Australia were assigned to the 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3rd Bombardment Group, to defend New Guinea. On July 26, 1942, seven A-24s attacked a convoy off Buna, but only one survived: the Japanese shot down five of them and damaged the sixth so badly that it did not make it back to base. Regarded by many pilots as too slow, too short-ranged and too poorly armed, the remaining A-24s were relegated to non-combat missions. In the United States, the A-24s became training aircraft or towed targets for aerial gunnery training. The more powerful A-24B was used later against the Japanese forces in the Gilbert Islands.[1]

The type's first major use was in the Battle of the Coral Sea, when SBDs and TBDs sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shōhō. SBDs were also used as anti-torpedo combat air patrol and scored several times against Japanese aircraft trying to attack USS Lexington and USS Yorktown.

Their relatively heavy gun armament (two forward firing .50 calibre machine guns, one to two rear flexible-mount .30 calibre machine guns) was more than just a sinecure against the lightly built Japanese fighters, and many pilot-gunner combinations took an extremely aggressive attitude to fighters which attacked them. One pilot, "Swede" Vejtasa, was attacked by three A6M Zero fighters and managed to hold them off and down all three in the process [2]. (His skill as a fighter pilot was clear and he was immediately transferred to fighters; in October 1942 he downed seven enemy planes in one day.)

However, the SBD's most important contribution to the American war effort probably came during the Battle of Midway (early June 1942), when SBD dive bomber attacks sank all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers (the Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū, and Hiryū) as well as heavily damaging two Japanese cruisers (including the Mikuma, which sank before a Japanese destroyer could scuttle it).
SBD-3 loads belted cartridges at NAS Norfolk, 1942
SBD-3 loads belted cartridges at NAS Norfolk, 1942

At Midway, Marine SBDs were not as effective. One squadron, VMSB-241, operating off Midway Island, was not trained in the "Helldiving" technique; instead, the new pilots resorted to the slower but easier glide bombing technique, which led to heavy losses. The carrier-borne squadrons, on the other hand, were much more effective, combined with their F4F Wildcat fighter escorts. It should also be mentioned that the success of dive bombing was due to two important circumstances: First and foremost, the fact that the Japanese carriers were at their most vulnerable: Readying bombers for battle, with full fuel hoses and armed ordnance strewn across their hangar decks. Secondly, that the valiant but doomed assault of the TBD Devastator squadrons from the American carriers had drawn the Japanese fighter cover down and away from the approach vector of the dive bombers, making it impossible for them to intercept the Dauntlesses thereby allowing the SBD attacks to go unhindered.
SBD Dauntless goes around for another landing attempt, after being "waved off" by the Landing Signal Officer on USS Ranger CV-4, circa June 1942
SBD Dauntless goes around for another landing attempt, after being "waved off" by the Landing Signal Officer on USS Ranger CV-4, circa June 1942

Next, SBDs participated in the Guadalcanal campaign, both from American carriers and Henderson Field on Guadalcanal Island. Dauntlesses contributed to the heavy loss of Japanese shipping during the campaign, including the carrier Ryūjō near the Solomon Islands on 24 August, damaging three others during the six-month campaign. SBDs proceeded to sink one cruiser and nine transports during the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

During the decisive time of the Pacific Campaign, the SBD's strengths and weaknesses became evident. Interestingly, while the American strength was dive bombing, the Japanese stressed their Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers, which caused the bulk of the damage at Pearl Harbor.

Although it was already reaching obsolescence by 1941, the SBD was used until 1944 when the Dauntless undertook its last major action during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. However, some Marine squadrons utilized Dauntlesses until the end of the war. It had already been replaced by the SB2C Helldiver in the U.S. Navy, much to the dismay of the pilots, many of whom believed that the "Slow But Deadly" Dauntless was a better aircraft than the Helldiver, which gained the nickname "Son of a Bitch 2nd Class." The Dauntless was one of the most important aircraft in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, sinking more enemy shipping in the Pacific war than any other US or Allied aircraft. In addition, Barrett Tilman, in his book on the Dauntless, claims that the Dauntless has a "plus" score against enemy aircraft, a rare event for a nominal "bomber" indeed.

5,936 SBDs were produced in World War II.

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Re: The above poster's name
« Reply #129 on: January 21, 2008, 05:43:51 am »
No u!

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« Reply #130 on: January 21, 2008, 07:09:39 am »
Ancient guys name?
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« Reply #131 on: January 21, 2008, 09:45:47 am »
Likes FPSs
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« Reply #132 on: January 21, 2008, 04:29:11 pm »
Made on a whim.


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« Reply #133 on: January 21, 2008, 04:39:10 pm »
A sound people make when they are dieing...
No, no, he did. In the everything else section, at least. Officially, this makes him king.

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Re: The above poster's name
« Reply #134 on: January 21, 2008, 04:44:37 pm »
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