Summer grasses / All that remains / Of soldiers' dreams. - Basho.
Setting up V13 'Hey Rube' (a scenario that looks almost impossible for the Americans... until the flak opens up, and the sky darkens) I noted that the first flight on the American order of battle was an SBD-3, but it was listed as a CAP mission.
This is a scenario where Japanese dive bombers and torpedo bombers are attacking the American task force, so why are there SBD-3s?
For a few moments I thought it might be a misprint and the flight was supposed to be a Wildcat, so I checked the errata; no errata for V13.
I thought about it for a short time and dimly recalled that there were cases of light bomber vs. light bomber combat in some carrier battles - sometimes as they came back from missions. I also recalled that SBD-3 variants were sent out on recon, so perhaps they also flew CAP in a pinch where the opposition was not expected to be as difficult?
I looked up the Wiki entry for the battle:
As the Japanese aircraft completed their attacks and began to withdraw, believing that they inflicted fatal damage to both carriers, they ran a gauntlet of CAP Wildcats and SBDs. In the ensuing aerial duels, three SBDs and three Wildcats for the U.S., and three torpedo bombers, one dive bomber, and one Zero for the Japanese were downed.
This entry at Wiki also mentions the SBD-3's use as an anti-torpedo bomber CAP:
... learn something new every day!
I'll have an AAR for this scenario up shortly, but I thought I'd post this in case anyone else was setting up this scenario and found the SBD-3 on CAP to be a little strange.
In case LBW happens to be reading this, I assumed that since the SBD-3s were tasked with CAP, which is a modified Intercept mission (18.104.22.168), the SBD-3s are considered fighters per 3.2.1 and have 2 or 3 MP depending on whether they are alerted. In other words, they behave exactly as fighters, even though they are light bombers in real-world technical designation.
I understand that MPs are somewhat abstracted and represent the cruising or intercept speed of aircraft and do not reflect the top speed of a plane (which is taken into account with the planes' speed ratings), so this makes sense.