TBD's at the Battle of Coral Sea

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TBD's at the Battle of Coral Sea

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July 8th, 2012, 11:11 pm #1

Did the TBD Devastators used at the Coral Sea battle have twin .30 cal. guns in the rear gunner's position? TIA
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July 8th, 2012, 11:21 pm #2

The Yorktown & Lexington TBDs retained their standard armament.
HTH,
-DCJ
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July 8th, 2012, 11:24 pm #3

Did the TBD Devastators used at the Coral Sea battle have twin .30 cal. guns in the rear gunner's position? TIA
Dauntless and not Avenger. The Avenger had a ball turret with one MG all his life.
If I remember correctly it was after the Coral Sea Battle that SBDs began to have twin MGs installed so that at Midway they were common.
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July 8th, 2012, 11:31 pm #4

Pretty sure he means TBD as in Devastator, not TBM or TBF as in Avenger
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July 8th, 2012, 11:36 pm #5

Dauntless and not Avenger. The Avenger had a ball turret with one MG all his life.
If I remember correctly it was after the Coral Sea Battle that SBDs began to have twin MGs installed so that at Midway they were common.
...since Avengers - TBF's - did not enter service in squadron strength (note I said squadron strength - a detachment of VT-8 had a few Avengers that flew off Midway Island) until after Midway, in early June of '42. At least one squadron of SBD Dauntlesses, Scouting 2 from USS Lexington, had the single .30 cal mount at Coral Sea.
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July 8th, 2012, 11:36 pm #6

Dauntless and not Avenger. The Avenger had a ball turret with one MG all his life.
If I remember correctly it was after the Coral Sea Battle that SBDs began to have twin MGs installed so that at Midway they were common.
I suspect he meant just what he typed- TBD Devastator. The TBF Avenger did not enter fleet service until just before Midway; 6 Avengers of VT-8 participated in that battle, flying from Midway Island.

Devastators and Dauntlesses both carried a single .30 cal. machine gun as rear armament at Coral Sea.
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July 9th, 2012, 12:05 am #7

Dauntless and not Avenger. The Avenger had a ball turret with one MG all his life.
If I remember correctly it was after the Coral Sea Battle that SBDs began to have twin MGs installed so that at Midway they were common.
Well! We're sure of one thing: he doesn't mean STDs...n/t
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July 9th, 2012, 12:33 am #8

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July 9th, 2012, 12:39 am #9

Did the TBD Devastators used at the Coral Sea battle have twin .30 cal. guns in the rear gunner's position? TIA
....as in Torpedo Bomber, Douglas (aka "Devastator"). Not to be confused with Scout Bomber, Douglas (Dauntless); or Torpedo Bomber, Grumman (Avenger).
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July 9th, 2012, 12:42 am #10

I suspect he meant just what he typed- TBD Devastator. The TBF Avenger did not enter fleet service until just before Midway; 6 Avengers of VT-8 participated in that battle, flying from Midway Island.

Devastators and Dauntlesses both carried a single .30 cal. machine gun as rear armament at Coral Sea.
Your answer is the info. I needed.
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