TBM-1C Avengers of VT-2 with wheels and arrester hooks down above the carrier Hornet (Essex-class) after a strike on Guam, 18 Jul 1944. Note rocket rails and ASB radar antennas under the wings.

Caption   TBM-1C Avengers of VT-2 with wheels and arrester hooks down above the carrier Hornet (Essex-class) after a strike on Guam, 18 Jul 1944. Note rocket rails and ASB radar antennas under the wings. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
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Photos on Same Day 18 Jul 1944
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 29 Dec 2012

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Tom McKinny says:
4 Aug 2018 05:50:34 PM

Interested to know how we know these are TBM-3’s. Very important to me because I was Told -3’s didn’t make it to the pacific until very late 44 or 45. There is a dispute as to whether a tbm my dad flew was the actual tbm since it was a -3 in October of 1944.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
4 Aug 2018 07:50:14 PM

Tom McKinny (above):
This is a very important question for me too and I am glad you asked it. I captioned this photo as showing TBM-3s because of the extreme position of the tail hooks at the very end of the fuselage. I had been under the belief this was a mark of the TBM-3 but that is wrong, this is only true for the hook in the stowed position. The photo shows the deployed position of the hooks as they were for the Avenger from the beginning. The Navy’s list of aircraft deployed during July 1944 show 4 TBF-1Cs and 15 TBM-1Cs deployed to VT-2 aboard Hornet, so you are right. The caption has been modified and thank you for pointing this out.

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