Curtiss-Wright SOC-2 Seagull, Bu1106Curtiss SOC 1

The Incident:

The aircraft was operating from the heavy cruiser, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), north of Iceland. The mission was convoy escort.
In an accident, during the recovery process, the aircraft 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 Crew:

The fate of the crew of two is not known.

The Aircraft:

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright, SOC-2 Seagull (1)
No. Bu1106
Base: USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37)
Operator: US Navy VCS-7 Squadron.

SOC Stands for “Scouting and Observation Curtiss”.

Details on aircraft: WikipediaYoutube

Source: US Navy Loss List
Aviation Safety Network