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Old 22nd September 2005, 08:31
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SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

I found an information that SB2C pilots scored 44 victories.
The most succesfull pilot should be Lt. Robert "Zekie" Parker, later killed by a kamikaze attack.
Does anybody know Parker's total score and names and scores of other succesfull pilots?
Do exist the photos or 3D drawing of Parker's Helldiver?

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Old 20th January 2018, 20:22
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

...I'm interested in the score of the highest-scoring Helldiver pilot, too.

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Old 21st January 2018, 14:43
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

No precise idea, but you can find a daily chronology of USN claims in WWII there:
http://www.ww2f.com/threads/today-in...r.4493/page-16

For example, on 24 June 1944 "a VB-2 SB2C is credited with 1 B5N" among other kills.
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

Hello,

I think Barrett Tillman's book
https://www.amazon.de/Helldiver-Airc...elldiver+units
reveals that Parker scored 3 kills.

This website indicates a total for the Helldiver of 44.
http://acepilots.com/planes/helldiver.html
Were all of these kills scored in the PTO ?

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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

...(and not in the CBI) ?
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

There is an Osprey publication "Helldivers of World War 2" with just a few more names.


Lt Cdr Arthur L. Downing (VB-14, USS Wasp) with 1.5 victories and gunners ARM3/c E.J. Elias (also VB-14) and ARM3/c S.E. Wallace (VB-17) with each 2 confirmed.



There is a squadron breakdown of the 44 claims.


VB-18 (12), VB-19 (11), VB-14 (4.5), VB-17 (4), VB-2 (3), VB-8 (3), VB-15 (2), VB-11 (2), VB-7 (1), VB-80 (1) and VB-13 (0.5).



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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

Good afternoon Leendert,

that's interesting.
Can you tell me who was the gunner of Robert Parker ?

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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

Taking the figure of 44 claims produces a victory ratio for the SB2C in air-to-air encounters of about 3:1.

Incidentally, on going through all the action reports I came up with a total of 43.5, but as the aircraft was primarily a bomber I don't think that the precise figure is all that important.
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

Good evening twocee,

yes, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Do you know the name of the gunner of Robert Parker ?

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Old 15th February 2020, 20:07
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Re: SB2C aerial victories - Pilot names?

Parker's rearseatman was ARM2c Reynold D. Ross.

Unfortunately, Parker was killed when Lexington was hit by a kamikaze on 5th November.
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