Helldiver Units of World War 2

Helldiver Units of World War 2

Combat Aircraft 3
  • Author: Barrett Tillman
  • Illustrator: Tom Tullis
  • Short code: COM 3
  • Publication Date: 15 Nov 1997
  • ISBN: 9781855326897
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

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. 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.

Biographical Note

Barrett Tillman is the world's most prolific US naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years, and he is currently working on several future projects too.Tom has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series. He was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically. Tom's most recent work can be found in Aces 26 and Combat Aircraft 16 and 20

Contents

Development and Fleet Service
Into Combat
Nightmare in the Marianas
Decision at Leyte
Tokyo and Beyond
Other Users
SB2C in Perspective
Appendices

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