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  SB2C-3 Helldiver Bureau Number 18632  
USN
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
VB-80

Pilot  Lt(jg) George J. Walsh (rescued) Brooklyn, NY
Gunner  ? (rescued)
Crashed  January 21, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss as Model 84E. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SB2C-3 Helldiver bureau number 18632.

Wartime History
Assigned to USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) to Carier Air Group 80 (CAG-80), Bombing Squadron 80 (VB-80). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
Walsh passed away at age 98 on September 26, 2019 at home in Darien, CT.

References
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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Last Updated
October 1, 2019

 

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