Privacy | Customer Service | Phone Orders 415-246-4665
Home
Home
 Search Find by Title or Description Search Help

World War II

WWII DVD's
Vietnam
Unit History Videos
D-Day
The War - Ken Burns
Army Combat Units
Marine Corps Units

We have over 2,400 documentary military history books, videos, DVD's and scale models. Find them by using the search box at the top of every page, or use the left column menus

Click to enlarge or buy
Air Power Calendar
Buy for $14.95 plus shipping

CIB Media's selection of documentary American military UNIT and CAMPAIGN history books and videos is one of the largest available anywhere: Army and Marine Corps division histories; Bomb Group and Fighter Group histories; Naval Warfare and Warship histories; Histories of America's major campaigns in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In addition, we are adding new titles weekly.

 

Home > Search > Result List > Details

Item 26 of 126
HELLDIVER UNITS OF WWII. The Curtis-Wright SB2C was responsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other dive bomber.

Click to EnlargeHELLDIVER UNITS OF WWII. When Curtis-Wright produced the first SB2C Helldiver in 1936, no one knew it would become the most produced Allied dive-bomber of WWII. Navy crews had mixed feelings about the Helldiver. With unpleasant flying characteristics near to the stall, it was nick-named "The Beast" and aircrews who flew it joked that SB2C stood for "Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class." However, it was responsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other dive bomber. The most numerous Allied dive-bomber of World War 2, the Curtiss Helldiver endured a prolonged gestation period to mature into one of the most effective aircraft of its type to see service in the Pacific theatre of war. Some 7200 aircraft were built between 1942 and 1945, the type making its service debut over Rabaul on 11 November 1943 in the hands of VB-17, this unit flying SB2C-1Cs from the deck of USS Bunker Hill. At that time, the aircraft was still inferior in many respects to the Douglas SBD Dauntless, the very aircraft it was meant to replace! Despite being drastically improved over the next two years, the Helldiver retained an unenviable reputation 'around the boat', with more aircraft being lost in deck landing accidents than to enemy action ? its unpleasant flying characteristics near to the stall earned it the nickname 'The Beast', while aircrews who flew the type in combat grimly joked that its designation (SB2C) stood for 'Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class'. Although hated by the myriad crews sent into combat strapped to a Helldiver, the bomber was responsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other dive-bomber. 96 pages. Fantastic photos, and 34 full color plates of the Helldiver in various configurations and paint schemes.

Click cover to enlarge

Scroll Down for Related Books and Videos
Item Details
Group:
World War II
ID:
OS-CA3
Category:
Naval Warfare
Media:
Softcover book
Type:
Unit Histories
Price:
19.95
d

First Previous Next Last

You may also be interested in:

Click to enlarge
War In Laos. Vietnam Studies More Info...
 
Click to enlarge
AMERICA at WAR: Vietnam. Easy More Info...
 
Click to enlarge
F-105 THUNDERCHIEF ''THUD'' WAMore Info...
 
Click to enlarge
The 388th Tactical Fighter WinMore Info...
 
 
© CIB Media - 2012
ver 121011