| Curtiss SB2C "Helldiver"|
"Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class"
|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||USA|
|Designer||Donovan Reese Berlin|
Canadian Car & Foundry
|Produced In||1943 – 1945|
|General Ingame Information|
|Debut||Not in Official Release (yet)|
|Guns|| 2 x 20 mm AN-M2 cannons|
(240 HE + APT Rounds)
|Bombs||2 x 500 kg|
|Seat 2|| 2 x M1919A4 Browning|
(375 7.62mm T + Ball rounds)
A carrier-based dive and torpedo bomber, the Helldiver was designed to replace the Douglas SBD Dauntless. SB2Cs were large aircraft due to the requirement of an internal bomb bay; Helldivers were built to carry a 900 kg pound bomb internally, or two smaller 700 kg 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. The bane of Navy pilots because of reliability problems and difficult handling characteristics, the Helldiver picked up the derogatory nickname The Beast and "Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class" (after its designation). However, it was responsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other aircraft.