USN Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber WWII DVD
This DVD is about the famous Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. When it first went into service, it was considered the greatest attack torpedo bomber in the world. From the Battle of Midway, it saw service throughout WW2. President George Bush #41 flew the TBF and had 3 of them shot out from under him.
Film #1 - ID the TBF Avenger - This is a collection of Navy films on the Grumman TBF Avenger. First film is how to identify the aircraft by its features. Great piece of history. Second film is a really amazing film in great color about the way a crew lands F4F Wildcats and TBF Avengers on a WW2 aircraft Carrier at sea. Lots of really great team work plus fantastic footage of these two great planes. This is the original phrase - Hook Down, Wheels Down, Flaps Down - in great WW2 fashion. Runtime is about 35 minutes.
Film #2 - TBF Factory - This film was made by the War Dept and was called - Mary Smith, American. The storyline is about an American woman (Mary Smith) working in factories to aid the war effort. In this version, Mary and other girls build TBF Grumman Avengers. At the end she sings - Swing High for the Navy - because she lost her man in the war. Runtime is about 9 minutes.
Film #3 - Aerial Torpedo Attack - This a great piece of history of the Navy's Grumman TBF Avenger and the SB2C Helldiver dropping different types of torpedoes at different heights. Runtime is about 28 minutes.
Film #4 - WW2 TBF Pacific War Newsreels - This is a short collection of newsreels on the US Navy fighting the Japanese in the Pacific War. We picked out five that included the TBF Avenger"
- Invasion of Palau
- British Carriers Attack Sumatra
- Japan Attacks Task Force
- Tokyo Strikes
- 3rd Fleet Strikes Japan
Runtime is about 19 minutes.
Film #5 - TBF Crashes - This is a collection of the film clips of the hazards and crashes of the TBF Avenger. First, watch a very rare Navy cartoon called - Avoidable Carrier Accidents. Then onto carrier and land crashes of the TBF Avenger. The last footage shows a badly damaged TBF that landed and her tail gunner was killed by a 20mm round. The crew pushed the TBF off the fantail of the carrier with the gunner still inside of the plane as a memorial to the gunner. Runtime is about 13 minutes.
Total runtime for the Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber WW2 DVD is about 104 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.