WW II Aircraft ID’d
I thought that I knew every plane from
WW II, but one photo has me stumped!
On page 48 of the February 2017 issue, the top photo shows a U.S. Army Air
Forces “Edna” drone. But what airplane is the yellow fighter in the top right of the photo? It has a huge radial engine, a
4-blade prop, what looks like twin 20mm cannons in the wing, and a fixed radio antenna. Being yellow means that it might be a captured fighter or an experimental type. Folding wings suggest a Navy fighter.
I’ve looked at Japanese fighters, and the “Oscar” only had a 3-blade prop and the antenna was on the right side of the fuselage; the “George” only had the antenna behind the cockpit, as did the “Raiden.” I’m not sure many, if any, had folding wings. Any ideas? We asked our resident WW II airplane expert, Barrett Tillman, and he says it’s an SB2C Helldiver. It looks weird and hard to identify in yellow. We have no explanation for that.—BD