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  SB2U-2 Vindicator Bureau Number 1383  
Carrier Qualification
Training Unit

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Justin Taylan 2006

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U.S. Navy (USN) as SB2U-2 Vindicator bureau number 1383. This was the last Vindicator delivered to the Navy in 1939. Assigned to four different squadrons and served aboard three different aircraft carriers including USS Ranger (CV-4), USS Wasp (CV-7) and USS Charger (ACV-30). During April 1943, assigned to a Carrier Qualification Training Unit at NAS Glenview, IL.

Mission History
In May 1943, took off piloted by A. W. Lemmons on a training flight and ditched into Lake Michigan.

This Vindicator remained in situ in Lake Michigan submerged at a depth of 130'. During 1990, recovered and restored by the National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA) to static condition with fuselasge code 9-B-12.

This Vindicator is displayed at National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA). It is the only SB2U known to exist worldwide.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - Vought SB2U-2 1383
National Naval Aviaition Museum - SB2U Vindicator via Wayback Machine March 28, 2016

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August 24, 2023


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