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


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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