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The World War 2 Grumman TBF Avenger was introduced to the US Navy in 1942, as a replacement for the Douglas TBD Devastator. It was a large carrier based aircraft powered by a single Wright R2600-8 engine of 1700hp. Its role is a torpedo bomber, and it has a 3-man crew. The Avenger was distinguished by having a power-operated turret just behind the cockpit. The Avenger had a distinguished wartime  record from its disastrous debut at Midway, to bombing raids over Tokyo. The TBF-1C was developed to deal with TBF-1s shortcoming, the .30-calibre cowl gun being deleted in favor of two .50 caliber machine guns mounted in the wings. The other noticeable  external change to the TBF-1C was the relocation of the antenna mast a little further aft to the rear of the turnover pylon. Internally, the seat was removed from the second cockpit and replaced with radio equipment. Development of the Avenger continued post-war, with  the Fleet Air Arm putting 100 TBM-3Es into service in 1953.
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TBF Avenger flown by Lt. jg George H.W. Bush the 41st President of the USTBF Avenger 1/48 Kit
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Replicating "Barbara III," the TBF Avenger flown by Lt. (jg) George H.W. Bush (who later became the 41st President of the United States) of Torpedo Squadron 51 in the Pacific Theater, this 1/48 scale, plastic kit features simulated rivets, a detailed cockpit and rear gunner's station, movable ailerons, wing-mounted rockets, realistic landing gear, authentic VT-51 markings, and more. 13" wingspan; skill level 2.
#0083300
Price: $24.95
TBM-3 Avenger 1/32 Kit flown by President George H.W. Bush in WWII
"White 2," the Avenger flown by Lt. (jg) George H.W. Bush (who later became the 41st President of the United States) of Torpedo Squadron 51 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The plane had a cockpit with an electronic equipment cabin, a gunner's turret, and a glazed canopy; an intricately detailed engine; wing cannons, a torpedo, bombs and a fuel tank (George Bush in 1944 and "White 89" from VC-94 in early 1945)

All the Best, George, by George Bush.
My Life in Letters and Other Writings Bush. "An unusual glimpse of the private thoughts of a public leader." - Newsweek. A New York Times bestseller, this collection of correspondence and diary entries from the 41st U.S. President documents George H.W. Bush's life from 1942, when he graduated from high school and volunteered for U.S. Navy flight school, through his World War II Pacific Theater adventures, his careers in the Texas oil business and as ambassador to China, CIA director, vice president under Ronald Reagan and president.
TBF Avenger Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale Flown by George Bush WW2TBF Avenger 1/48 Kit
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Entering service during the Battle of Midway in 1942, the U.S. Navy's TBF Avenger was one of the most successful torpedo bombers of World War II.   The plane had a rotating, rear ball 12.7mm Browning machine gun turret with a gunner; an intricate Wright R-2600-20 radial engine front; a bomb bay with optional-position doors and a Mark 13 torpedo; and a choice of authentic markings, including "Barbara III," the Avenger flown off the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) by Lt. (jg) George H.W. Bush (who later became the 41st President of the United States) of Torpedo Squadron 51.
TBM-3E Avenger 1/72 Die Cast Model

TBM-3E Avenger 1/72 Die Cast Model
VT-10, USS Intrepid, 1945
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#0098868
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TBM-3E Avenger
VT-17, USS Hornet, April, 1945
Avenger that participated in the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato during the April 7, 1945, Battle of Okinawa, this airplane featured  a two-seat cockpit with a "birdcage" canopy, a rear ball turret, and a ventral gunner station wing-mounted rockets, bomb bay doors with a choice of bombs or a torpedo for the bay, a  three man crew  markings of the U.S. Navy's VT-17 "Fist of the Fleet," which flew off the USS Hornet (CV-12).

 

Academy TBF-1 Avenger
Academy 1/72 Grumman TBF-1 Avenger USA - 1651.
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Plastic Model Plane Kit.
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Product Description
The Grumman TBF-1 went into action during the battle of Midway. The results of that first battle were not encouraging with five of the six aircraft belonging to VT-8 being shot out of the sky. However the TBFs had upset the Japanese defense plans and American dive bombers were able to strike several of the enemy's carriers. After this intensive battle, the TBF was christened the Avenger, an appropriate name for the sturdy torpedo bomber that was to fight all the way to Japan. The Avenger was on every front of the pacific war and was one of the prime tools for victory. However, after the war Avenger began to fade. A few Served with the marines in Korea while a very few stayed in service until the mid 1950s. The Avenger found wide use in many foreign countries such as great Britain, New  Zealand, Canada, and Japan. Plastic cement and paint are required for assembly, and are sold separately.
USS Hornet (CV-12) 1/700 KitUSS Hornet (CV-12) 1/700 Kit
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Replicating the Essex-class carrier USS Hornet (CV-12) - renamed from USS Kearsarge in honor of the sunken USS Hornet (CV-8) - as she appeared during 1945 actions in the Pacific, this 1/700 scale, plastic kit features a choice of full hull or waterline construction, a one-piece superstructure with realistic radar, a finely detailed flight deck with a complement of transparent aircraft (SB2C Helldivers, F6F Hellcats and TBF Avengers) and 5" twin turrets, photo-etched crew figures, and a display stand. 15" long; assembly required.
#0091488
Price: $44.95
USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) 1/350 KitUSS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) 1/350 Kit
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Replicating the USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) - a Casablanca-class carrier escort - as she appeared when sunk on October 25, 1944, in the Battle off Samar (the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf) after helping to turn back a much larger attacking Japanese surface force, this 1/350 scale, plastic kit features textured surfaces, a detailed deck, realistic armament, six F4F Wildcat fighters and three TBF Avenger torpedo bombers, authentic "Taffy 3" markings, display pedestals, and more. 17" long; 458 parts, assembly required.

Take your USS Gambier Bay kit to the next level with Basic (item #65535) or Deluxe (item #65536) photo-etched brass sets and a wooden deck (item #65537).
#0083789

Price: $159.00
USS Princeton (CVL-23) 1/350 KitUSS Princeton (CVL-23) 1/350 Kit
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Following nearly two years of successful missions across the Pacific Theater, the USS Princeton (CVL-23) - the second in her Independence-class of light aircraft carriers - was sunk by a lone Japanese dive bomber in Leyte Gulf in 1944. This 1/350 scale, plastic kit of the Princeton features a choice of full hull or waterline configurations; an exquisitely detailed bridge; a fully outfitted flight deck with optional-position elevators, a radar tower with foldable antenna, a crane boom, an intricate island, engine exhaust funnels, and a paravane; a detailed hangar deck; quadruple 40mm gun turrets and Mk 51 gun directors; twelve TBF Avengers and F4F Wildcats with foldable wings, four tractor tugs, two 4x4s, life rafts and whaleboats, and eighteen pilot and ground crew figures; four screws; plenty of photo-etched detail parts; and much more. 21" long; assembly required.
#0092998
Price: $149.00
USS Bogue 1/700 KitUSS Bogue 1/700 Kit
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This detailed, plastic waterline kit of the Escort Carrier CVE-9, the USS Bogue, features engraved surfaces; a variety of armament; an optional position forward elevator; a fleet of sixteen aircraft, including Corsairs, Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers; flight deck vehicles; and a choice of markings for other Bogue-class carriers. 8" long; assembly required.
#0090770
Price: $32.95
TBM-3 Avenger USS Shamrock Bay 1-32 by Trumpeter
Trumpeter 1/32 Grumman TBM-3 Avenger - 2234
by Trumpeter Models 
Plastic Model Kit.  markings are for TBM-3, 89, of VC-94 onboard the USS Shamrock Bay, early 1945" 

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The Buzzard Brigade The Buzzard Brigade
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Torpedo Squadron Ten at War
Moore. A unit history portraying the Avenger Squadron, Torpedo Ten. From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, flying TBFs and TBMs from the Enterprise and the Intrepid, VT-10 became the first qualified night-flying bombers. The squadron helped sink the Japanese battleship Yamato on its last mission of the war. Ride with these warriors on some perilous missions. 317 pages, 140 photographs, 8"x 11", hardcover.
#0005137
Price: $29.95
TBF/TBM-3 Avenger Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions TBF/TBM-3 Avenger Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions
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Originally published by Grumman and the U.S. Navy during World War II, this flight operating handbook - previously classified as "Restricted" - taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit of the Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger, the heavily armed torpedo bomber that saw action in most of the major Pacific Theater battles. 102 reformatted pages, B&W photographs and illustrations, 8"x 10", softcover.
#0020512
Price: $12.95
TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2
Combat Aircraft Vol. 16
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Tillman. The Grumman TBF and GM-built TBM Avenger saw its first action during the Battle of Midway and went on to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of World War II. Filled with rare wartime photographs, color profiles and detailed 3-view drawings, this heavily illustrated volume examines the Avenger's achievements and the units that flew it, from its initial deployment in 1942 through its service into the 1960s. 96 pages, 95 B&W photographs and 36 color illustrations, 7"x 9", softcover.
#0002863
Price: $19.95
Naval Air Station Wildwood Naval Air Station Wildwood
Images of Aviation
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Salvatore & Berkey. Commissioned in April, 1943, Naval Air Station Wildwood - located on a peninsula in southern New Jersey - trained thousands of U.S Navy airmen to fight the Japanese during World War II. This heavily illustrated book examining Wildwood during the war years features rare archival images of Helldivers and TBM-3E Avengers, hangars and facilities, and more. 128 pages, approximately 200 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", softcover.
#0018183
Price: $19.95
TBF/TBM Avenger in Action TBF/TBM Avenger in Action
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Hardbound Book
Doyle. Designed by Grumman as a replacement for the Douglas Devastator, the Avenger went into production prior to the Japanese attack on Pearly Harbor and remained in service until 1954. Here, you'll see the large and rugged plane not only in its well-known role as a torpedo bomber but also in action dropping conventional bombs, mines, and depth charges. 80 pages, 182 B&W and 29 color photographs, 5 color profiles, detailed line drawings, and more. 11"x 8", hardcover.
#0030324
Price: $28.95
TBF/TBM Avenger in Action TBF/TBM Avenger in Action
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Softbound Book
Doyle. Designed by Grumman as a replacement for the Douglas Devastator, the Avenger went into production prior to the Japanese attack on Pearly Harbor and remained in service until 1954. Here, you'll see the large and rugged plane not only in its well-known role as a torpedo bomber but also in action dropping conventional bombs, mines, and depth charges. 80 pages, 182 B&W and 29 color photographs, 5 color profiles, detailed line drawings, and more. 11"x 8", softcover.
#0030323
Price: $18.95
Torpedo Bombers Torpedo Bombers
Images of War
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Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives.
Smith. In this heavily illustrated book examining torpedo bombers of World War II, you'll view rare archival images of famous Allied and Axis types such as the Fairey Swordfish, Bristol Beaufort, Fairey Albacore, Bristol Beaufighter, Heinkel He 115, Marchetti SM.79, Fokker T.VIII, Grumman Avenger and Nakajima B5N. 120 pages, 120 B&W photographs, 7"x 9", softcover.
#0036145
Price: $26.95
USS Midway Air Wings USS Midway Air Wings
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Aircraft Pictorial #1.
Clayton. This heavily illustrated book examines aircraft flown off the USS Midway (CV-41/CVA/CVB) from her shakedown cruise in 1945 through Operation Desert Storm in 1991. You'll view many-never-before published photographs of F4U Corsairs, TBM Avengers, SB2C Helldivers, F9F Panthers, F7U Cutlasses, F-3H Demons, F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks, AD Skyraiders, F-8 Crusaders, F-14 Tomcats, F/A-18 Hornets, H-3 Sea Kings, and many others. 72 pages, 100+ B&W photographs, 11"x 8", softcover.
#0012150
Price: $17.95
Torpedo Bombers Torpedo Bombers
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Smith. This heavily illustrated history of torpedo bombers covers the deadly attack aircraft from their introduction in World War I through World War II. You'll examine types such as the Fairey Swordfish, Bristol Beaufort, Fairey Albacore, Bristol Beaufighter, Heinkell He 115, Marchetti SM.79, Fokker T.VIII, Grumman Avenger and the Nakajima B5N as well as some of their most famous attacks, including Taranto - where Fairey Swordfish destroyed the Italian battle fleet - and Pearl Harbor. 256 pages, 120 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
#0036100
Price: $39.95
XTBU-1 & TBY-2 Sea Wolf XTBU-1 & TBY-2 Sea Wolf
Naval Fighters Vol. 33
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Ginter, Chana & Prophett. Designed by Vought as a competitor to Grumman's TBM Avenger. But with Vought busy building Corsairs, production was handed over to Vultee. Covers the design, service history, and technical details. 120 B&W photos, dozens of diagrams, 89 pgs., 8"x 11", sfbd.
#0002624
Price: $15.95
Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate
Naval Fighters Vol. 36
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Kowalski. Designed to fly from Midway class carriers, the Skypirate was big and capable. Planned to replace the Avenger, the ship was equipped with contra-rotating props and could carry four torpedoes externally at speeds up to 377 mph. 48 pgs., 60 photos and numerous technical drawings and cutaways. 48 pgs., 8"x 11", sfbd.
#0004010
Price: $10.95
American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2 American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2
Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 84
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Thompson. Featuring full-color profiles and rare photographs, this book examines the numerous aircraft types - and the American aces who flew them - employed as nightfighters in World War II. You'll see early stop-gap conversions such as the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and A-20 Havoc and the radar-equipped Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that registered most of the kills made by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. 96 pages, B&W photographs and color illustrations, 7"x 9", softcover.
#0015472
Price: $19.95
American Airpower: Bombers 1935-1960 American Airpower: Bombers 1935-1960
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Vintage Aviation Photographs from WWII, Korea and the Cold War
Cilio. In 1935, America's largest bombers could approach 200 miles per hour. By 1960, the Cold War B-58 could fly 1,320 mph - almost twice the speed of sound! This photo-history, which examines those bombers and everything in-between, is filled with rare archival images of heavy, medium and light types as well as dive-bombers and fighter-bombers.

You'll view the B-15, B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, A-20, P-70, A-29, Dauntless, Helldiver, Avenger, B-29, Marauder, Skyraider, F-84, B-36, B-50, B-52, B-58 and more. 124 pages, 155 B&W photographs and illustrations, 11"x 8", softcover.
#0049539
Price: $25.95

   Avenger Videos  

Mysteries of the Devil's Triangles - DVD Mysteries of the Devil's Triangles - DVD
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This program explores two of the most mysterious spots on earth where an unusual number of unexplainable tragedies occur time and again. You'll visit the famous Bermuda Triangle - which has swallowed up ships and planes (including five TBM Avengers on a routine training mission in 1945) - and the equally fearsome Great Lakes Triangle, which claimed the SS Edmund Fitzgerald among its victims. Color and B&W, 50 minutes.
#00V9176

Price: $24.95

Battle of Iwo Jima - DVD

Battle of Iwo Jima - DVD
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This DVD features three rare, full-color, U.S. government-produced films - To the Shores of Iwo Jima, Glamour Gal and, as an added bonus, With the Marines at Tarawa - that document the U.S. Marine Corps' legendary battles in World War II's Pacific Theater!

In the Academy Award-winning documentary To the Shores of Iwo Jima, you'll view the complete invasion of Iwo Jima, from warships firing on the island stronghold through carrier takeoffs and attacks, incredible nighttime firing, the massive ground attack launch and fire support, the arrival of armor, Avenger and Helldiver bombing runs, the push inland, the Mt. Suribachi flag raising immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph, and much more.

Glamour Gal follows the activities of G Battery, 5th Marine Division, and its 105mm howitzer "Glamour Gal" from training at Camp Pendleton through the beach landing on Iwo Jima and the heavy fighting there.

Finally, you also get With the Marines at Tarawa, which depicts the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa.

52 minutes total runtime.
#00V8046

Price: $9.95

   Avenger Gifts  

TBM Avenger Thermometer

TBM Avenger Thermometer
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Measuring a standard 4"x 6", this metal thermometer has a brilliant, fade resistant finish and includes a magnet on the back for instant hanging.
#0060592

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Naval Aviation Shirt - Large Naval Aviation Shirt - XX-Large
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Made of a 50% cotton/50% polyester blend, this screen-printed, cream-colored t-shirt features a "World War II U.S. Navy & Marine Corps" design on the front and, on the back, profiles of important WWII naval aircraft: the SBD Dauntless, F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, TBF Avenger and SB2C Helldiver.
#0069885
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Naval Aviation Shirt - X-Large
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#0069884
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Naval Aviation Shirt - Large
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#0069883
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Naval Aviation Shirt - Medium
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#0069882
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Large Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - XX-Large
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Show your admiration for legendary U.S. Navy aircraft and the carriers from which they flew! Made in Hawaii of a 55% cotton/45% rayon blend, this navy blue shirt features the TBF Avenger, A-1 Skyraider, F9F Panther, A-6E Intruder, F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat and others and, in the background, the carriers USS Lexington CV-2, Yorktown CV-5, Enterprise CV-6, Hornet CV-8 and Midway CV-41. Cool, comfortable, and generously cut, it includes a matching pocket and genuine coconut shell buttons.
#0068736
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - X-Large
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#0068735
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Large
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#0068734
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Medium
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#0068733
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Large Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - XX-Large
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Show your admiration for legendary U.S. Navy aircraft and the carriers they flew from! Made in Hawaii of a 55% cotton/45% rayon blend, this light blue-colored shirt features the TBF Avenger, A-1 Skyraider, F9F Panther, A-6E Intruder, F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat and others and, in the background, the carriers USS Lexington CV-2, Yorktown CV-5, Enterprise CV-6, Hornet CV-8 and Midway CV-41. Cool, comfortable, and generously cut, it includes a matching pocket and genuine coconut shell buttons.
#0068716
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - X-Large
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#0068715
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Large
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#0068714
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Naval Aircraft Hawaiian Shirt - Medium
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#0068713
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TBF/TBM Avenger Shirt - Large TBF/TBM Avenger Shirt - XX-Large
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Made of a 50% cotton/50% polyester blend, this gray t-shirt features a TBF/TBM Avenger - the principal U.S. Navy torpedo-bomber of World War II - profile screen-printed on the front and, on the back, larger profiles with a nose art-style "torpedo bomb."
#0069219
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TBF/TBM Avenger Shirt - X-Large
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#0069218
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TBF/TBM Avenger Shirt - Large
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#0069217
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#0069216
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Grumman "The Ironworks" T-Shirt - Large Grumman "The Ironworks" T-Shirt - XX-Large
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Display your admiration for the company that produced the F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, TBF Avenger, F9F Panther, A-6 Intruder and F-14 Tomcat! Made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton, this high-quality white t-shirt features a screen-printed Grumman "Ironworks" logo on the front and a second, larger one on the back.
#0069950
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Grumman "The Ironworks" T-Shirt - X-Large
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#0069949
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Grumman "The Ironworks" T-Shirt - Large
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#0069948
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#0069947
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TBM Avenger Aircraft Art

U.S. Navy Avengers U.S. Navy Avengers
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TBF/TBM-1C Avengers of VT-17 flying off the USS Bunker Hill patrol "the slot" in late 1943, engaging in a series of battles that pushed the Japanese up the chain of Indonesian islands. This hand numbered, limited edition print measures 16"x 20".
#0070278

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Avengers of the Philippines Avengers of the Philippines
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John Shaw. Flying his TBM Avenger, Lt. (JG) George H.W. Bush leads a formation of Avengers and Hellcats from Air Group 51 back to the USS San Jacinto after bombing enemy ships in Manila Bay on November 14, 1944. 37"x 24" numbered print is signed by the artist and by seven World War II veterans.
#0072610

Price: $225.00
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Thierry Thompson. Depicting the .50 caliber, dorsal-mounted machine gun of the TBF Avenger flown by Lt.(jg) George H.W. Bush - the 41st U.S. President - when he flew with VT-51 off the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) in World War II, this 37"x 22", limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.
#0077729
Price: $199.00
Grumman TBF Avenger
Tony Weddel. 

The Avenger was first used in combat in June of 1942 at the Battle of Midway. The heroism of VT-8 is reflected here as we see Lieutenant A.K. Bert Earnest piloting Avenger 8-T-1 through withering fire as he hurtles toward his target,  the Japanese carrier Akagi on June 4, 1942. All of the other Avengers were lost, with  8-T-1 being the sole survivor of the group. 23"x 19" print.  .....#0008525 $19.95

Last Voyage of the Yamato Last Voyage of the Yamato
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Stan Stokes. The huge Japanese battleship Yamato, on a suicide mission to Okinawa late in the war, is attacked by hundreds of aircraft, including these U.S. Navy Avengers from the USS Yorktown. 16"x 11" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.
#0007880
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The Honor of Your Company The Honor of Your Company
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Joe Kline. It's a gathering of presidents as U.S. Navy aviator Lt. (j.g.) George H.W. Bush pilots his TBM Avenger and Texas Air National Guard Lt. George W. Bush is at the controls of his F-102 Delta Dagger, flying the fanciful skies above Mount Rushmore. Limited edition 28"x 20" print is signed and numbered by the artist.
#0007189

Price: $79.95
Final Approach to Home Final Approach to Home
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Tom Freeman. Navy Lt. (jg) George H.W. Bush prepares to land his Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber on board the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) in August of 1944. 24"x 17" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.
#0070175
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Closing the Gap
Don Feight. 

Filling a gap in the Atlantic that land-based aircraft could not, Escort Carriers equipped with Grumman Avengers and Wildcats protected the lifeline convoys sailing from North America to England in WWII. Print depicts the USS Bogue (CVE-9) escorted by these bombers and fighters, in a calm moment. In all, the Escort Carriers and their crews used in the Battle of the Atlantic sunk fifty-four  German u-boats. Limited edition of 500, signed and numbered by the artist. 28"x 22".  .....#0007391 $47.95

 

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0120 1/48 TBF-1C AvengerThe TBF-1C/TBM-1C ("M" is the Navy designation for aircrafts produced by General Motors) Avenger flown by future President and then Lieutenant Junior Grade George H.W. Bush, perhaps the most famous Avenger pilot in history.

The Grumman TBF-1 U.S. Navy Torpedo Bomber went into action during the battle of Midway. The results of that first battle were not encouraging with five of the six aircraft belonging to VT-8 being shot out of the sky. However the TBFs had upset the Japanese defense plans and American dive bombers were able to strike several of the enemy's carriers. After this intensive battle, the TBF was christened the "Avenger", an appropriate name for the sturdy torpedo bomber that was to fight all the way to Japan. The Avenger was on every front of the pacific war and was one of the prime tools for victory. However, after the war Avenger began to fade. A few served with the Marines in Korea while a very few stayed in service until the mid 1950s. The Avenger found wide use in many foreign countries such as great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan. During the last few years several individuals and museums have taken the Avenger into care and have restored several into splendid examples of the military version of the famous torpedo bomber.

The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated as TBM by General Motors) was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps and was also used by a large number of air arms around the world. Grumman's first torpedo bomber was the heaviest single-engine plane of WWII and it was the first to feature a new wing-folding mechanism intended to maximize storage space on an aircraft carrier. The Grumman TBF Avenger entered service in 1942 and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. On the afternoon December 7, 1941, Grumman held a ceremony to open a new manufacturing plant and display the new TBF to the public. Ironically, on that day, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, as Grumman soon found out. The plant was quickly sealed off to ward against possible enemy action. By June 1942, a shipment of more than 100 planes was sent to the Navy. On August 24, 1942, the next major naval battle occurred at the Eastern Solomons. With only the carriers USS Saratoga (CV-3) and Enterprise, the 24 TBFs present were able to sink the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo and claim one dive bomber, at the cost of seven planes. After hundreds of the original TBF-1 models were built, the TBF-1C began production. By 1943, Grumman began to slowly phase out production of the Avenger to produce F6F Hellcat fighters, and the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors took over, with these aircraft being designated TBM. Starting in mid-1944, the TBM-3 began production with a more powerful powerplant and wing hardpoints for drop tanks and rockets. The dash-3 was the most numerous of the Avengers with about 4,600 produced. However, most of the Avengers in service were dash-1s until near the end of the war in 1945. TBF/TBMs sank the two Japanese "super battleships", the Musashi and the Yamato. The Avengers played a major role in the American victory during World War II.

The Grumman TBF-1 went into action during the battle of Midway. The results of that first battle were not encouraging with five of the six aircraft belonging to VT-8 being shot out of the sky.   However the TBFs had upset the Japanese defense plans and American dive bombers were able to strike several of the enemy's carriers. After this intensive battle, the TBF was christened the Avenger, an appropriate name for the sturdy torpedo bomber that was to fight all the way to Japan. The Avenger was on every front of the pacific war and was one of the prime tools for victory. However, after the war Avenger began to fade. A few Served with the marines in Korea while a very few stayed in service until the mid 1950s. The Avenger found wide use in many foreign countries such as great Britain, New  Zealand, Canada, and Japan.

VT-2 TBF-1C(95) in June 1944" 

The Grumman TBF Avenger was introduced to the US Navy in 1942, as a replacement for the Douglas TBD Devastator. It was a large carrier based aircraft powered by a single Wright R2600-8 engine of 1700hp. Its role is a torpedo bomber, and it has a 3-man crew. The Avenger was distinguished by having a power-operated turret just behind the cockpit. The Avenger had a distinguished wartime  record from its disastrous debut at Midway, to bombing raids over Tokyo. The TBF-1C was developed to deal with TBF-1s shortcoming, the .30-calibre cowl gun being deleted in favour of two .50 calibre machine guns mounted in the wings. The other noticeable  external change to the TBF-1C was the relocation of the antenna mast a little further aft to the rear of the turnover pylon. Internally, the seat was removed from the second cockpit and replaced with radio equipment. Development of the Avenger continued post-war, with  the Fleet Air Arm putting 100 TBM-3Es into service in 1953.

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