Douglas TBD Devastator
Delivered to the US Navy in 1937, the Devastator was
the most advanced torpedo bomber in the world when it was built, but by the start
of the Pacific War, was obsolete compaired to the Japanese Kate and
opposition it encountered from A6M2 Zeros.
An infamous loss
happened when all 35 Devastators sent against the Japanese at
the battle of Midway were shot down without hitting their targets. Its replacement,
the TBF Avenger was coming on line at
that time, and soon all Devastators were withdrawn from front-line
A total of 129 Devastators were built.
Crew 2-3 (pilot, observer, gunner)
Engine 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-64 Twin Wasp radial engine, 900 hp (671 kW)
Height 15' 1"
Max Speed 206 mph
Range (with torpedo) 435 miles (with bombs)
Armament (nose) 1x .50 caliber or 30 caliber machine gun (rear) 1 or 2 x 30 caliber machine gun
Bomb load torpedo or 1,000 lbs bomb