Photo showing a US Navy Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo just entering the water. The torpedo can be seen beginning its track toward a submerged submarine. Mid-Atlantic, 12 Oct 1943.

Caption   Photo showing a US Navy Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo just entering the water. The torpedo can be seen beginning its track toward a submerged submarine. Mid-Atlantic, 12 Oct 1943. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy via UBoatArchives
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Photos on Same Day 12 Oct 1943
Photos at Same Place Atlantic Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 13 Jan 2021
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
13 Oct 2021 12:24:59 PM

US Navy Lt(jg) Letson “Sam” Balliett piloting a TBF Avenger from USS Card interrupted a refueling operation between German submarines U-488 (“Milchkuh”) and U-402 in the mid-Atlantic. Lt(jg) Balliett approached them to strafe them but both began to crash dive. Switching to a FIDO attack and in order to reduce speed and lose altitude without overshooting the targets, Lt(jg) Balliett lowered his landing gear and full flaps while skidding radically side-to-side. Once he was nearly plunging toward the sea like a stone, he raised his wheels and flaps and dropped this Mark 24 just ahead of the swirl left by the submerging submarine. Since the FIDO was ineffective against a vessel on the surface, this frantic maneuver to transition a strafing run into a torpedo drop in a single approach became standard practice for Avenger pilots with Hunter-Killer groups like Lt(jg) Balliett’s. Although this attack claimed one sinking, both submarines escaped with only minimal or no damage.

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