Curtiss-Wright SO3C Seagull / Seamew
Designed as a replacement for the SOC Seagull. Curtiss named this aircraft "Seamew", but the US Navy referred to it as "Seagull". Poor flight performance and a poor maintenance record led to the SO3C being withdrawn from US Navy first line units by 1944. The older biplane SOC was taken from state-side training units and restored to first-line service on many US Navy warships until the end of World War II.
Royal Navy SO3C-1 Seamew
The SO3C-1s a fixed undercarriage version was ordered by the Royal Navy, keeping the name Seamew or Seamew Mark I. Later versions were the SO3C-2C. Deliveries to the Royal Navy began in January 1944, but this type was declared obsolete by September 1944 and completely removed from service during 1945.
Royal Canadian Air Force
Some aircraft were assigned to 744 NAS and 745 NAS based at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and 755 NAS based at Hampshiere, United Kindom.
Crew Two (pilot and observer)
Engine 1 x Ranger XV-770-8 inline liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine, 600 hp (447 kW)
Length 36' 10"
Maximum Speed 172 mph
Range 1,150 miles
Armament 1 x 30 caliber machine gun (nose) 1 x 50 caliber (rear)
Bombload 2 x 100 lbs bombs or 325 lbs depth carges mounted underwing