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Grumman TBF (TBM) Avenger

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On This Day…March 16th

On 16th March, 1944, the 332nd Fighter Group (The Tuskegee Airmen) took delivery of three P47s in their base in Sicily to start their transition training from P40s. It was with the Thunderbolts that the air group had orders to paint the tails[...]

TBF-1 Avenger Battle of Midway Diorama (1/48 Accurate Miniatures)

New Member and first post. I got the inspiration to do this diorama from the Osprey Combat Aircraft #16 TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 by Barrett Tillman. I based my model on the after-action report. Not only did I try to recreate the b[...]

On This Day…March 2nd

Crew of the U-Boat U-50 show off their Iron Crosses On March 2nd, 1940. The crew of the ‘Dreadful’ left the German-administered island of Helgoland (sometimes known as Heligoland), on 6 February 1940, U-50 en route to Scotland on her very firs[...]

On This Day…February 7th

‘Boy Sitting on Sea Mine’, Deal, South Coast of England, 7th February, 1940. Presumably defused and made safe. _______________ Spitfire P9315, RAF Benson No 3 Photo Reconnaissance Unit, Cambridge, England, 7th February 1941. ____________[...]

On This Day…January 26th

In 1927 HMS ‘M2’ became the first undersea aircraft carrier - a submarine carrying a small Parnal ‘Peto’ two-seater seaplane (below) in a watertight hangar. The seaplane, which had folding wings, was launched by catapult off a runway on the de[...]

On This Day…January 24th

TBF Avenger on Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, on January 24, 1944. Diorama bait... The sinking of the Blucher. The Battle of Dogger Bank was a naval battle fought near the Dogger Bank (a massive sand bank which in the last ice age was a la[...]

On This Day…January 12th

Pilot Edwin L. King of 350 Fighter Group with his flak damaged P-47 following the ‘Silver Star’ mission of 12 Jan. 1945. The ‘Jug’ is 7D3 42-29300. Crew Chief Henry Embry took the photo after King had to return to base at Pisa, Italy, having [...]

On This Day…Christmas Eve

The Christmas Truce is one of the most famous and iconic events of the First World War and has burned itself into our collective consciousness. Late on Christmas Eve 1914, the British Expeditionary Force heard German troops in the trenches opp[...]

On This Day…December 9th.

Despite losing almost half of his port wing to a Chinese fighter plane (possibly a collision with another Japanese fighter), pilot Kanichi Kashimura was able to nurse his Claude (Mitsubishi A5M) 450 miles to the north to safely land (after four [...]

On This Day…November 14th.

The deck crew of the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) clearing snow from the flight deck, off Korea, 14 Nov 1950; the F4U-4B Corsairs belong with US Marine Corps squadron VMF-323. The Badoeng earned six battlestars in Korea. This following photo [...]