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Museum wants to restore WWII SB2C-4

Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by scarface, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. scarface

    scarface Member

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    A story about a Helldiver that suffered a forced landing in a lake southeast of San Diego, and the decision to recover and restore it.


    Museum wants to restore WWII Plane

    According to the article, there are less than 5 existing Helldivers.

    I sure hope it works out.

    -whatever

    -Lou
     
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  2. SPGunner

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    That would be a nice project. Thanx for posting.
     
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    This is a plane its pilots called "The Beast" or "The Lead Sled." It was not a popular aircraft with its crews. That's for sure.
     
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    Hope things work out for the museum! I've been able to walk the wing of the "Commemorative Air Force's" flying Helldiver; great aircraft!
    In times past the Navy has been known for claiming salvaged aircraft from those who've recovered them... we'll see how this one works out.
     
  5. scarface

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    Yeah.... I've heard that... the crews even penned a song....

    THE HELLDIVER DRIVERS
    (sung to 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
    Oh Mother, dear Mother, take down that blue star.
    Replace it with one that is gold.
    Your son is a Helldiver driver, he’ll never be 30 years old.
    My body lies under the ocean; my body lies under the sea.
    My body lies under the ocean, wrapped up in an SB2C!


    I've also heard the SB2C called the 'SonofaBitch - 2nd Class', which I thought was kinda' catchy.

    -whatever

    -Lou

    EDIT: A bit of explanation of the reference to the 'Blue Star' and the 'Gold Star' in the song. During the war years, American families with men in the service displayed a large red and white service banner with a blue star in the windows of their homes - one star for each serviceman. If the individual was killed, the blue star was replaced with a gold one.


     
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    Well, it's the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola that wants to recover and restore it, so I believe they've at least cleared THAT particular hurdle!:D

    -whatever

    -Lou
     
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    always good to see another ww2 aircraft getting restored
     
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    I recall that when the SBD was pulled out of Lake Michigan a few months ago, the story mentioned that there is a couple of SB2C's in there that are candidates to retrieval and restoration.
     
  9. scarface

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    I remember when they salvaged the SBD, but I never heard the comment about the Helldivers.

    Interesting.

    I might have to do a little digging, see if anything ever came of it.

    -whatever

    -Lou
     
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    The Pacific Aviation Museum near my house has a fully restored F4F Wildcat, A6M2 Zero, and a B-25
     
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    and and SBD
     
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    has anyone ever been to the imperial war msueum theres a few planes there
     
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