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This page is about the American naval bomber SB2C-1C. For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


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The SB2C-1C Helldiver is a rank III American naval dive-bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/SB) and 3.3 (RB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel".

General info

Flight Performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
430 415 7700 24.6 25.0 2.6 3.9 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
450  ? 7700 23.0  ??.? 6.1  ??.? 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
656 333 520 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 257 < 350 < 380 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,829 m 1,500 hp 1,665 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,962 m 1,350 hp 1,499 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 11.11 mm Steel plate behind pilot.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate on fuselage in front of cockpit.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates on rear machine gun.


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M2 (20 mm)

The SB2C-1C is armed with:

  • 2 х 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The SB2C-1C can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 2 х 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 1 х 2216 lb Mk.13 torpedo
  • 1 х 2216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2C-1C is defended by:

  • 2 х 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (2,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7 mm ITC mk.III
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 20 mm Improved torpedo
III Wings Repair Engine New 7 mm MGs (turret) SBC mk.I
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm cannons MBC mk.I

Pros and cons


  • Has the ability to dive bomb and level bomb.
  • Armed with a powerful pair of 20mm AN/M2 cannons.
  • Access to air brakes.
  • Similar play style as the the SBD-3 and the TBF-1c.
  • Decent durability.
  • Next to no performance penalty when carrying bombs.
  • Air frame can withstand high speed.
  • Defensive gunner has a wide coverage.
  • Internal payload.
  • Pinpoint dive bomb accuracy.
  • Can be an effective bomber hunter.


  • Wing mounted armaments tend to be inaccurate sometimes.
  • Maximum payload is lower than both the SBD-3 and the TBF-1c.
  • Suffers from huge performance penalty when carrying a torpedo.
  • Slow.
  • Elevator tend to wildly sway after a maneuver, a trait shared by the TBF-1c.
  • Defensive armament is ineffective against armored foes.
  • Payload is ineffective against bases.


The SB2C-1c Helldiver was a carrier-based dive bomber made by the Curtiss company. The aircraft had been produced from 1943-1945. It was meant to replace the Douglas SBD Dauntless as a much faster alternative to the SBD Dauntless though it sacrificed mobility. Many of the crews of the SB2C-1c Helldiver nicked named this aircraft "Big-Tailed Beast", "Two-Cee", and Son of a Bitch Second Class due to the horrible turning capabilities of the aircraft. The aircraft mainly saw service in the United States Navy, United States Army Air Forces, French Air Force, and Royal Thai Air Force. It was a much larger version of the SBD Dauntless but many of the pilots that flew the SB2C-1c were disappointed with the turning capability which led many pilots to go back to the outdated SBD Dauntless as it had better turning but less speed but many pilots preferred it rather than the SB2C-1c. A total of 7,140 aircraft were produced in total from 1943-1945.


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See also

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USA bombers
Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1C · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5A Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Hydroplanes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3 · PBM-1 "Mariner" · PBM-3 "Mariner"