Early tests indicated a tendency for the wings to wrinkle dangerously. As this problem could not be solved by a 6 ft (1.8 m) reduction in wingspan (making the wing uniformly flexible), a complete redesign of the wing was necessitated. This hurdle delayed entry of the PV-2 into service. The PV-2s already delivered were used for training purposes under the designation PV-2C. By the end of 1944, only 69 PV-2s had been delivered. They finally resumed when the redesign was complete. The first aircraft shipped were the PV-2D, which had eight forward-firing machine guns and was used in ground attacks. When World War II ended, all of the order was cancelled.
the wing problems fixed, the PV-2 proved reliable,
and eventually popular. It was first used in the Aleutians
by VP-139, one of the squadrons that originally used the PV-1. It was
used by a
number of countries after the war’s end, but the United States ceased
PV-2s, and they were all soon retired from service. from:
OTHER PV-2 Pages: Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd or The Flying Kiwi