Vultee Vengeance Aircraft

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RAAF Vultee Vengeance Aircraft
RAAF Vultee Vengeance Aircraft
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The Vultee Vengeance aircraft was a Second World War-era, single engined dive bomber that was lost when it crashed at the back of the Williamstown Rifle Range on 6 March 1946. It was salvaged and then dumped into waters off Point Gellibrand, Williamstown, Port Phillip.

The aircraft is unburied, partially intact (the tail and nose of the plane are missing). Estimated length 2m, width 13m, height 1.5m. The site appears to be that of a small singe engined monoplance with low slung wings. The plane is lying upright in 10 to 11 metres of water, and appears to have been extensively salvaged. Both the engine and cockpit instrumentation have been removed, leaving the two wings and centre section of the fuselage.

The rear section of the fuselage including the tail fin is missing. The cockpit is situated immediately above the wings and approximately 0.5m wide by 1.3 metres long. Wingtip to broken wingtip is 13.4m wide. Aluminium A frame behind cockpit, maybe part of missing glass canopy. Rest of plane constructed of aluminium cladding on an aluminium frame.

Vultee Vengeance History

The Vultee Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. The Vengeance was not used operationally by the United States, but was operated as a front-line aircraft by the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Indian Air Force in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Australia placed an order for 400 Vengeances as an emergency measure following the outbreak of war in the Pacific. While the first Vengeance was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in May 1942, the aircraft did not arrive in substantial numbers until April 1943.

Australian Vengeances flew their last operational sorties on 8 March 1944, as they were considered less efficient than fighter bombers, having a short range and requiring a long runway, and were withdrawn to allow more effective fighter bombers to move into the forward area.

When production of the Vengeance was completed in 1944, a total of 1,931 aircraft had been produced. The majority were produced at the Vultee plant in Nashville, Tennessee.

Vultee Vengeance General Characteristics

  • Crew: Two (Pilot and Navigator/Gunner)
  • Length: 39 ft 9 in (12.12 m)
  • Wingspan: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
  • Wing area: 332 ft sq (30.84 m sq)
  • Empty weight: 9,725 lb (4,411 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 14,300 lb (6,486 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-2600-A5B-5 Twin Cyclone 14 cylinder radial air-cooled engine, 1,600 hp (1,193 kW)

Vultee Vengeance Performance

  • Maximum speed: 275 mph (239 kn, 443 km/h) at 11,000 ft (3,350 m)
  • Cruise speed: 235 mph (204 kn, 378 km/h)
  • Range: 1,400 miles (1,220 nmi, 2,253 km)
  • Service ceiling: 22,500 ft (6,860 m)

See also, MAAV: Vultee A-35B-VN Vengeance Mk. IV, lost - 1946,
Wikipedia: Vultee A-31 Vengeance,
Heritage Council of Victoria: Vultee Vengeance Aircraft, and
Australian National Shipwreck Database: Vultee Vengeance Aircraft.

Latitude: 37° 52.868′ S   (37.881133° S / 37° 52′ 52.08″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.013′ E   (144.900217° E / 144° 54′ 0.78″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-06-16 01:52:11 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-16 02:45:54 GMT
Source: Timothy Martin, GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Carmen, 722 m, bearing 138°, SE
Vultee Vengeance Aircraft.
Lost: 6 March 1946.
Depth: 9 to 11 m.

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