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Curtiss 84E Helldiver (SB2C-3)

This low wing tip cantilever monoplane replaced the fixed wing SBD.  

After a lengthy development period 1939-1942, and more than 880 major design changes the SB2C was complete.  

The SB2C-3 Helldiver was the last and most extensively built of all US Navy dive bombers.  The Army version, A-25 Shrike, had fixed wings.  

The first Helldiver entered combat along side Hellcats and Avengers, on November 11, 1943 over Rabaul.   Annihilating all Kate torpedo bombers and Val dive bombers from the Japanese air group, the Rabaul mission was considered an outstanding success.  

The SB2C-3 was built only by Curtiss, and remained in service until the 1950’s.  

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