“The Grumman Avenger”
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Now that I have ‘briefed’ you on the role my WW2 veteran played while in the Navy, I will take you on board the plane he flew.
Introduced in 1942, the Grumman TBF Avenger was designed with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in mind.
It was built with an extra-large bomb bay that could hold up to 2,000 lbs. of bombs—1 single 2,000 lb. bomb, or 4 – 500 lb. bombs.
The Avenger held a crew of three men: The pilot, turret gunner, and radioman (who also doubled as the belly gunner).
It was also armed with 2 - .30 caliber machine guns—1 in the nose and one that was hand fired by the radioman under the tail. The turret gunner was armed with a .50 caliber machine gun which was fired from a chair raised above the plane’s floor.
This particular plane was able to handle heavy damage and land with parts of its wings and body missing.
It was an asset to the Navy as they conducted raids over Iwo Jima, the Solomon Islands, the Philippine Islands, Guadalcanal, as well as several other areas of the Pacific Theatre.
Did You Know?
On September 16, 1940 the U.S. began its first peacetime draft.