Curtiss-Wright, SOC-2 Seagull, Bu 0417
The aircraft was operating from the light cruiser, USS Philadelphia Hull No.CL-41, north of Iceland. The mission was convoy escort.
In a catapult takeoff in a strong wind, the aircraft capsized and sank.
The aircraft were launched from the cruiser by catapult and recovered by crane after sea landing and hoisted aboard. The Seagull had good low-speed characteristics suitable for short distance open sea landings in smooth-water „slick“ that its home ship could create.
The fate of the crew of two is not known.
Curtiss-Wright, SOC-2 Seagull.
Base: USS Philadelphia (CL 41)
Operator: US Navy VDS-8 Squadron.
SOC Stands for “Scouting and Observation Curtiss”.