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AIR-24: Helldiver Cockpit

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HURL Artifact No. AIR-24 *Denotes approximations and speculations
Name: Helldiver Lost: Unknown
Artifact Type: Combat Aircraft (cockpit & wings) Found: 25-Sep-2007
Nationality: USA Dive No: PV-680
Class or Make: Curtiss Location: South Oahu
Model: *SB2C-5 Depth (m): 505m
Purpose: Dive Bomber HURL crew: Kerby, Price, Kelley
Serial Number: *83222 Additional Dives:
Built/Launched: *1945 (970)
Length: *20' (36' 9")
Width: 49' 4"
Height: *7' (14' 9")
Circumstance of Loss: Collision with another aircraft Crew Personnel/Position: (2) Pilot and Radio Operator/Gunner
Reason of Loss: *Training Crew Survivals/Fatalities: Unknown
Artifact History: Records show that the nearby Helldiver tail section (AIR-23) was lost as a result of a collision with a friendly aircraft.
Artifact Condition: Middle of cockpit canopy is missing as is engine. After portion of canopy clearly shows 4 window sections. Numbers and letters are visible on the side, but partially buried, so unable to positively identify them. Tail section is also missing, however tail wreckage (AIR-23) nearby appears to be a match. The front end of the cockpit where the engine would mount has the numbers "4320" stenciled.
Additional Information: Cockpit appears to have the letter "K" followed by an unidentified letter and then possibly the number "84". The nearby tail section clearly shows its bureau number and boldly the numbers "53" and a faded smaller possible "84".