Category Archives: Bomber – Naval

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

The US Navy’s upset victory at Midway is well known, a hard won American triumph. Let’s take a look at a part of the cost of that victory.

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Douglass SBD-5 Dauntless

Even after retirement from fleet carriers the SBD continued to provide service to the end of the War. Let’s take a look at an example in Marine service in the later phase of the type’s career.

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Vought SB2U-3 Vindicator

This dive bomber was one of the first generation monoplanes in Navy service and was thoroughly obsolete at the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific.  Yet a small number served in Marine squadrons until the Battle of Midway. … Continue reading

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Aichi M6A

This sleek looking float-plane just missed combat in World War II and was part of a unique operation. After the jump, a look at a particularly intriguing “what if”.

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Douglass SBD-3 Dauntless

In November of 1942 US and British forces invaded Vichy French held areas of North Africa to trap Italian and German forces. After the jump, a brief look at this early amphibious operation and one aircraft that provided support.

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Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver

A troubled design that did ultimately prove effective, the Curtiss Helldiver was the last dedicated Dive Bomber to see service with the US Navy. Join me for a brief look at an interesting bit of naval history.

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Aichi D3A1 Val

The main Japanese Dive Bomber at the start of World War II, the Aichi D3A was a key part of the terrifyingly effective Japanese carrier force. After the jump, a look at this very important aircraft.

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Savoia Marchetti SM.79-II

There’s a persistent myth about Italy not fielding any effective aircraft in World War II. But that really isn’t true on any level. After the jump, a quick look at a very capable torpedo bomber that sank many British warships during the … Continue reading

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Fairey Swordfish Mk I

Looking like a relic from the previous war, the Fairey Swordfish proved to be a good weapon for a variety of missions.  It served from the first day of World War II to the last and outlasted its replacement. After … Continue reading

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Douglass TBD-1 Devastator

When the Devastator was introduced in 1937 it was the most modern torpedo Bomber in the world.  But by the time World War Two broke out it was due for replacement. After the jump, a brief look at one of … Continue reading

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