Carrier Enterprise's Torpedo Squadron 6 TBD-1 Devastator aircraft in flight, 1938

Caption   Carrier Enterprise's Torpedo Squadron 6 TBD-1 Devastator aircraft in flight, 1938 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-19341
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Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Nov 2010 10:05:56 AM

TBD of VT-6 from the Carrier USS Enterprise the squadron received their TBDs in 1938. The Douglas Devastator, was the last of its line. The TBD-1 was the US Navy's first operational all-metal low wing monoplane and it looked impressive compared to what it replaced, the ancient biplane torpedo bomber. Crewed by three men Pilot, Bombardier and gunner, but flew with two crewmen. Armed w/ one torpedo and 2x30caliber machine guns, one gun fixed on the right side, and used by the pilot, the other by the rear gunner later 1x50caliber machine gun replaced the 30 caliber weapon used by the pilot. The TBD could carry three 500lb bombs, two 1,000lb bombs or twelve 100lb bombs. By modern standards, the TBD was slow and vulnerable to enemy fighters and defensive anti-aircraft fire. The Battle of Midway in June 1942, 41 TBDs were launched against the Japanese things went wrong, they lost there fighter escort, antiaircraft fire was directed at them alone fighters shotdown many of them, before they could launch their torpedos. "GO IN AND GET A HIT" Lt. Cdr. John Waldron skipper of VT-8 the attacking TBDs pressed home their attacks with courage only one of its 15 crews were able to drop a torpedo, and it missed its target. After Midway the TBDs were used as trainers, and later retired. Replaced by the TBF Advenger. But VT-8s sacrific was not in vane while the Zeros were on the deck attacking the TBDs SBD Dauntless dive-bombers attacked and sank four of Japan's aircraft carriers, the empire would never recover from the loss of planes, experienced pilots an ground crews.
2. Bill says:
21 Nov 2010 01:19:32 PM

OOPS! Misspelled Avenger, In 1967 made a fuel stop at Midway Island. I remember it was hot and windy, also there was a Memoral dedicated to those who defended the island against the Japanese. During the Vietnam War,thousands of US Troops stopped at midway for fuel and emergency repairs. This was over Forty Years Ago, when I was younger, much younger.

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