Back when the world was real and jerks like Barret Tillman was not writing his fables, we knew that B-17Gs, P-51Ds and F4U Corsairs were not really winning the war. – Not by a long shot.
A plane appeared from Fairchild, called the AT-21. It was used to train Bombardiers/Navigators and Aerial Gunners. It was called the "Baby Hudson Bomber", another very important, but kind of forgotten, lend-lease aircraft.
It had unusual tri-cycle landing gear that it shared with two other under-rated but great aircraft, the P-39 Aircobra and the Consolidated B-24.
It also had water-cooled Ranger engines of 550 HP each, its top speed was 220 MPH. it’s ceiling was 22,000 feet.
Not particularly fast or high flying it was good enough to do its job. But I think it was great looking airplane. A far as I can ascertain there is only one ready to be restored.
Possibly some FSX airplane designer will take on this fine looking aircraft as a project.
Oh, as far as Tillman is concerned, in Flight Journal he’s got Essex Class Carriers going at 25 MPH when recovering aircraft. Mine would go 37 Knots or 42 MPH at flank speed. He got them "trapping" airplanes. That only came out with jets as well as measuring fuel by weight. We used a good old reliable fuel gage.
Plus, what’s worst of all, he believes the Helldiver was a "dog". What does he know? He was hanging around in his old man’s jock strap when these fine aircraft were flying.