Above entry was purely SBD-hardware-focused / informational (and did not address a couple other remembered SBD-film-matters).
Intent is to third-time experience the film next week to confirm a few recalled-ish "just plain wrong" bits which are still mentally itching. 'Maybe take a notepad this time.
There was so much to see and keep track of!
Stuff like did they show Bofors and ('think, for sure) Oerlikon mounts on ships at Pearl and/or the raid and/or Coral Sea? Too early.
And strafing B5Ns at Pearl Harbor; understanding is, Kankos did not mount fixed armament until 1942, and then, not all of them.
Was the J AA aimed at the descending SBDs as heavy as it looked? It should not have been, at all. Their 5" armament was not numerous and had lousy director control. The more numerous (but in June '42, not dense) 25 mm used a simple, not fused, projectile and could not reach above 5000-ish feet.
Still, personal belief is, this was really an amazing production, considering what else has been marketed.
Were the producers and directors of "Midway" trying to make another "The Longest Day"? Is that even possible?
Perhaps too long a cinematic-masterpiece "distance" from, "Jean has a long moustache..." to, "AF is having trouble with its distillation plant..."?