IN SERVICE

From the early stages of the Pacific campaign onwards, the Avenger was a dependable warrior

TBF-1s from NAS Norfolk, Virginia, dropping practice torpedoes off the east coast of the USA in November 1942. US NAVY

EARLY DAYS IN THE PACIFIC

The first squadron to be issued with TBFs was VT-8, part of USS Hornet’s air group. The carrier was due to receive its initial TBFs in the spring of 1942, but was beginning a training cruise in March. For that reason, the squadron commander, Lt Cdr John Waldron, decided to leave a detachment of VT-8 ashore to test-fly the new Avengers as they arrived and begin to work them up to operational status.

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