• Grumman TBM-3E Avenger

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    The Grumman TBM-3E Avenger was the torpedo bomber used by CAG-17 VT-17 aboard the USS Hornet during 1944 and 1945.


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    The USS Hornet (CV-12) is now a floating museum at NAS Alameda, California. Their tribute to the WWII years includes a restored Grumman TBM-3E Avenger with VT-17 markings.

    TBM-3E Specifications

    • Length – 40 feet
    • Height – 16 feet 5 inches
    • Wingspan – 54 feet
    • Weight (empty) – 10,843 lbs.
    • Weight (maximum) – 18,250 lbs.
    • Engine –¬†Wright/Cyclone R-2600-20, 14 cylinders, 1900 horsepower
    • Range – 1920 miles without armament, 1130 miles with armament
    • Speed – 267 MPH
    • Ceiling – 23000 feet
    • Armament – (torpedo/under-carriage) Bliss-Leavitt Mark 13 or 2000 lbs. explosives
    • Armament – (defensive) Wing-mounted .50 caliber machine guns (2), turrent-mounted .50 caliber machine gun, tail-mounted .30 caliber machine gun.
    • Crew – 3

    VT-17 TBM aircraft were the first to strike the Battleship Yamato on 7 April 1945.

    Below are a series of photographs of the USS Hornet and VT-17 aircraft during 1944-1945.

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    USS Hornet CAG-17 VT-17 images from www.navsource.org

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