Curtiss SB2C Helldiver of Commemorative Air Force.Carrier-based dive & torpedo bomber,designed to replace Douglas SBD Dauntless.SB2Cs large aircraft due to internal bomb bay; Helldivers were built to carry a 2,000 pound bomb internally, or two smaller 1,600 pound weapons, or a torpedo. SB2Cs first went to war with VB-17 on the USS Bunker Hill in November 1943 and the Navy used the platform in every major surface action as an integral part of its carrier air groups until the end of the war.
CURTISS SB2C HELLDIVER The second dive bomber to be made by Curtiss under the name Helldiver, the SB2C was the last in a long line of pure dive bomber designs. The Helldivers replaced the aging Douglas Dauntless on the U.S. Navy carriers in the end of 1944. Initial teething problems left many wishing they had kept their dependable Dauntlesses. By the war's end, however, the SB2C was proving its worth, especially in the Battle of the Phillipine Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf.