Curtiss SB2C Helldiver WWII Plane in Oregon Coast?

A World War II Curtiss SB2C Helldiver plane wreckage was discovered in a dense forest by loggers from Oregon Coast.

Local officials of the US Navy inform the plane to be a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, a model that was nicknamed “The Beast” during the WW II days because of its heavy carriage.

The exact location has not been released so as to preserve the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver wreckage from prying eyes.

What's the story behind the plane? What piece of WW II was part of?

asked by Paul in Aircraft | 7028 views | 03-26-2010 at 04:18 PM

The U.S Navy has investigated the find and confirmed it to be a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. Those planes were used as the primary attack and bombing plane during WWII. Authorities also believe there may still be the remains of two crew members who were inside the plane when it crashed. It is estimated that the plane crashed in this area some time after 1945 as reported by KATU.

There's currently only one Helldiver still flying, so finding these remains of the aircraft is very significant from both a historical and an aviation buff perspective.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was, despite structural difficulties in early models, the primary attack and dive-bombing plane of the Navy, racking up more destroyed Japanese targets than any other aircraft.

A U.S. Navy team worked at the scene along with the Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office. Also involved in the investigation is the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command, a Hawaii-based military joint command that tries to account for Americans missing in action.

Picture of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver plane.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver plane

The Helldiver started out as the joke of the Navy. It replaced the Dauntless in 1943 and Gurling said that at first, pilots weren’t too excited about it. It was bulkier and heavier than other planes, which helped it earn the nickname, “The Beast”.

“Because of the structural failures that could occur with the earlier models of the Helldivers, the Navy actually gave instructions to the pilots not to dive, which was a very difficult problem being a dive bomber (and) not being able to do its job,” said Gurling.

Despite its reputation, the Helldiver went on to help wipe out more Japanese targets than any other aircraft.
The Helldivers were the primary attack and bombing plane of the Navy during the second world war.

Officials have found a wing, a tail section, landing gear and other debris spread out over about 200 yards, state police said.

Right now, officials say it is important that the Navy team on-scene be allowed to make a thorough, undisturbed investigation.

answered by Claude | 03-26-2010 at 04:26 PM

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