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GREAT SHOT - WWII - SQUADRON OF GRUMMAN TBF AVENGER TORPEDO BOMBERS

The TBF Avenger torpedo bomber came into it's own after the Battle of Midway in 1942 with the retiring of the TBD-1 Douglas Devastator. Although other types could carry and launch torpedoes, the Grumman Avenger was the only designated torpedo bomber to serve the US Navy in WWII.

Operational for the first time on June 4, 1942, in the midst of the Battle of Midway, the Grumman Avenger can scarcely be said to have opened its active career auspiciously. Of the six TBF-1s launched into battle from Midway early that morning, five failed to return; the sixth came back with only the trim tab for longitudinal control, with one wheel and the torpedo bay doors hanging open and with one gunner dead and the other wounded.
 

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