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Ben Case and the SB2C Helldiver

The late, great Steve Barber brings the Commemorative Air Force Helldiver to bear for the lens near Midland, Texas. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/theplanepicture)
“We were launched while our fleet was 180 to 200 miles northeast of Manila. My group was assigned to hit Japanese ships in Manila Harbor. As we approached our dive area at 10,000 feet, big, black puffs of smoke from anti-aircraft fire began popping all around us.” Leslie Bennett Case, known as Ben, is describing the first combat by Air Group Eighty aboard USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) on November 5, 1944. Case was a dive-bomber...

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Ben Case and the SB2C Helldiver

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ON THE COVER: You can almost hear the roar from The Fighter Collection’s ultra-rare, Merlin-powered P-40F as it comes in close to the camera ship. This aircraft was found on the South Pacifi c island of Espiritu Santo after it had been lost for nearly 40 years. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/theplanepicture)


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