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Douglas TBD-1 Devastator – Black T-5, VT-8 US Navy, Battle Of Midway

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SkyMax Flying Heroes SM8008: Douglas TBD-1 Devastator of USN VT-8, Black T-5, USS Hornet, Battle of Midway, June 1942. Fantastic model with Hobby Master standard quality detail. Wingspan over 8 inches.

The Battle of Midway took place from June 4 – 7 1942. Japan sent four carriers, two battleships, twelve destroyers and one light cruiser. The Americans knew of the Midway attack and were prepared. Once the main Japanese force was located Rear Admiral Spruance launched a hasty Devastator attack from his three carriers that left his 41 Douglas TBD-1s unescorted. Only four Devastators returned to Enterprise, two to Yorktown and none to Hornet. Devastator 0308 was lost with its crew LT(jg) Jeff Davis Woodson and Otway David Creasy, Jr., ARM2c.

The Douglas TBD-1 Devastator was designed as a torpedo bomber for the USN and entered service in 1937. The TBD Devastator marked a lot of firsts for the USN. It was the first widely-used carrier-based monoplane, first all metal USN aircraft, first completely enclosed cockpit that stretched almost half the length of the fuselage, first hydraulic folding wings. When bombing the bombardier would lie under the pilot seat and look through a window in the floor to doing his sighting.

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