Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA1222 Grumman TBF Avenger USN VT-15, White 93, USS Essex, Leyete Gulf, Battle of Leyete Gulf, November 1944, 1/72 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 9" Wingspan, 6.75" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) is an American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval aviation services around the world. Primary Role: Torpedo Bomber.
Designed as a replacement for the aging TBD-1 Devastator the new TBF-1 was hastily sent to Midway when the USN became aware of the imminent attack on the island. The six TBF-1s were sent to attack the Japanese fleet that resulted in 5 aircraft being shot down and the 6th crash-landed on Midway. Lesson learned more firepower was added by placing a .50 caliber machine gun in each wing and larger fuel tanks. This modification brought about the TBF-1C with later modifications adding four rockets rails under each wing.
In mid-May 1944 the USS Essex joined other carriers to carry out strikes on the Marcus and Wake Islands. In June and August Essex supported the occupation of the Marianas and carried out attacks on shipping around the Palau Islands and Mindanao in September. In October the USS Essex and VT-15 took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and on November 5, 1944 TBF-1C Bu.No 46353 White 93ís gunner was killed attacking an IJN Cruiser. On November 25 USS Essex was badly damaged by a Kamikaze aircraft.
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