CURTISS SB2C HELLDIVER

HELLDIVER SERVICE

Manufacturers: The Curtiss-Wright Corp., Airplane Division, Buffalo, New York, USA
Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, P.Q., Quebec, Canada
Canadian Car & Foundry Co. Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Model: Model 84
(Developed from the 1933 Curtiss SBC Helldiver biplane)
Designations: SB2C; A-25, SBF, SBW
Names: Helldiver; Shrike (A-25A)
First official flight: (XSB2C-1) 18/12/1940
Factory production period: 1940 - 1945
Primary service period: 1943 - 1946
Last official flight: (RA-25A) 04/1949

HELLDIVER VARIANTS

1940 Model 84 XSB2C-1 1  
         
1942 Model 84 SB2C-1 200  
? Model 84 A-25A 900  
? Model 84 SB2C-1C 778  
1944 Model 84 SB2C-3 1112  
? Model 84 SB2C-4 2045  
? Model 84 SB2C-5 970 Total: 6006
         
  Foreign built - Canada:      
1943 Model 84 SBF-1 50  
? Model 84 SBF-3 150  
? Model 84 SBF-4E 100 Total: 0300
         
1943 Model 84 SBW-1 38  
1943 Model 84 SBW-1B 28  
? Model 84 SBW-3 413  
? Model 84 SBW-4E 270  
? Model 84 SBW-5 85 Total: 0834

Grand Total: 7140

HELLDIVER PRODUCTION

XSB2C-1
Prototype single-engined, 2-seater Scout Bomber.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.1758 ?

Total: 0001

SB2C-1
As XSB2C-1, design and armament upgrade.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.00001 / 00200 ?

Total: 0200

A-25A Shrike
As SB2C-1, version for USAAF, carrier features deleted.
Redesignated as RA-25A in 1943 for target tow
and trainer duties.
Produced

Curtiss St. Louis, Missouri (CS)

41-18774 / 41-18873 ?  
42-79663 / 42-80462
- 10 to RAAF as A69-1 / A69-10.
- 270 diverted to USN as SB2C-1A.
- 410 diverted later as
  SB2C-1A to USMC:
  BuNo.75218 / 75588
  BuNo.76780 / 76818
?

Total: 0900

2200 additional airframes cancelled.

SB2C-1C
As SB2C-1, four wing cannons, redesigned flaps.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.00201 / 00370 ?  
BuNo.01008 / 01208 ?  
BuNo.18192 / 18598 ?

Total: 0778

7 additional airframes cancelled.

SB2C-2 - Floatplane based on the XSB2C-2 conversion,
                 production for 287 cancelled.


SB2C-3
As SB2C-1, engine upgrade, 4-bladed prop.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.18599 / 19710 ?

Total: 1112

SB2C-4
As SB2C-3, wing mounted rockets / bombs.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.19711 / 21191 ?  
BuNo.64993 / 65286 ?  
BuNo.82858 / 83127 ?

Total: 2045

110 additional aircraft cancelled.

SB2C-5
As SB2C-4, greater fuel capacity, minor changes.
Produced

Curtiss Columbus, Ohio (C)

BuNo.83128 / 83751 ?  
BuNo.89120 / 89465 ?

Total: 0970

2500 additional airframes cancelled.

Foreign built - Canada:
SBF-1
Fairchild-Canada version of the SB2C-1.
Produced

Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, P.Q.,
Quebec, Canada (F)

BuNo.31636 / 31685 ?

Total: 0050

SBF-2 - Not used.

SBF-3
Fairchild-Canada version of the SB2C-3.
Produced

Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, P.Q.,
Quebec, Canada (F)

BuNo.31686 / 31835 ?

Total: 0150

SBF-4 - Not used.

SBF-4E
Fairchild-Canada version of the SB2C-4E.
Produced

Fairchild Aircraft Ltd., Longueuil, P.Q.,
Quebec, Canada (F)

BuNo.31836 / 31935 ?

Total: 0100

SBW-1
CCF version of the SB2C-1.
BuNo. 21198 later converted to an SBW-3.
Produced

Canadian Car & Foundry Co. (CCF),
Fort William, Ontario, Canada (W)

BuNo.21192 / 21200 ?  
BuNo.21203 / 21231 ?

Total: 0038

1 (21232), additional airframe cancelled.

SBW-1B
As SB2C-1C, for Lend-Lease to the Royal Navy.
Produced 1943 - 1944 

Canadian Car & Foundry Co. (CCF),
Fort William, Ontario, Canada (W)

BuNo.60011, 60012 ?  
26 delivered as Helldiver DB.Mk. I to the Royal Navy:
BuNo.21201, 21202
(RN) JW101, JW102
?  
BuNo.60010
(RN) JW100
?  
BuNo.60013 / 60035
(RN) JW103 / JW125
?

Total: 0028

SBW-2 - Not used.

SBW-3
CCF version of the SB2C-3.
Produced

Canadian Car & Foundry Co. (CCF),
Fort William, Ontario, Canada (W)

BuNo.21233 / 21645 ?

Total: 0413

SBW-4 - Not used.

SBW-4E
CCF version of the SB2C-4E.
Produced

Canadian Car & Foundry Co. (CCF),
Fort William, Ontario, Canada (W)

BuNo.21646 / 21741 ?  
BuNo.60036 / 60209 ?

Total: 0270

SBW-5
CCF version of the SB2C-5.
Produced

Canadian Car & Foundry Co. (CCF),
Fort William, Ontario, Canada (W)

BuNo.60211 / 60295 ?

Total: 0085

165 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 7140

HELLDIVER CONVERSIONS

US Navy

XSB2C-2 1 SB2C-1(00005), 1942, prototype floatplane conversion.
XSB2C-3 1 SB2C-1(00008), engine upgrade.
SB2C-3E 1+ SB2C-3, APS-4 radar pod fitted.
SB2C-4E 1+ SB2C-4, APS-4 radar pod fitted.
XSB2C-5 3 2 SB2C-4(65286, 83127) / 1 SB2C-1C(18308), prototype to SB2C-5.
XSB2C-6 2 SB2C-3(18620, 18621), engine upgrade, higher fuel load.
XSBF-1 1 SBF-1, conversion for development tests.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - Surplus Helldivers in service post WW2 with Australia, France, Greece,
   Italy, Portugal and Thailand.

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