Posted 3 years ago
This is a vintage 8x10 photo of a Curtis Helldiver which had crash landing on a carrier deck. Looks like it was either a wheels up landing and the landing gear failed on landing. Either was a good job done by the pilot.
The Helldiver was the replace for the Douglas SPD Dauntless dive bomber. It was not a popular replacement. That big tail probably made it a bit difficult for the rear gunner.
The last photo is a packing card for the Mini-Planes Helldiver. It gives some stats that may be of interest.