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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
|Pilot Lt(jg) George J. Walsh (rescued) Brooklyn, NY
Gunner ? (rescued)
Crashed January 21, 1945
Built by Curtiss as Model 84E. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SB2C-3 Helldiver bureau number 18632.
Assigned to USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) to Carier Air Group 80 (CAG-80), Bombing Squadron 80 (VB-80). No known nose art or nickname.
On January 21, 1945 took off from USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) piloted by Lt(jg) George J. Walsh on a dive bombing mission against Formosa (Taiwan). Returning, this Helldiver ditched, both crew were rescued.
Walsh passed away at age 98 on September 26, 2019 at home in Darien, CT.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SB2C-3 Helldiver 18632
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1945 - SB2C-3 Helldiver 18632
Darienite "George Walsh, 98, Earned Distinguished Flying Cross as WWII Dive Bomber, Founded Ad Firm" October 1, 2019
"It was off Formosa on Jan. 21, 1945 that then Lt. Cmdr. Walsh survived an anti-aircraft hit on his plane, a crash landing on the Ticonderoga"
The Battle of Midway: Searching for the Truth (2017) by George J. Walsh
Thanks to Chris Carola for additional information
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