The Grumman Avenger was designed in 1940 as a torpedo bomber and the prototype flew just before Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. It was to become the principal US Navy torpedo bomber, with many versions being developed operationg from aircraft carriers. It was used in large numbers, particularly at the Pacfic War theatre.

After the War, it was further developed with the platform acting as Airborn Early Warning aircraft and dedicated NATO used submarine hunters against the Soviet submarines. (also the Netherlands naval air service used the type).




This TBM-3E Avenger with anti-submarine radar was seen at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson (Az.). It has civil registration N9593C / ser. 69472  with white code "301".

Photographed 2010 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

and a new series of photos of the same aircraft in the markings of VT-1 as operated aboard USS Bennington July 1945. Seen November 2016:


This is a Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3E Avenger with BuNo 85957. It has a code "315"and is in the markings of VS-25. It is located at the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA. It can be flown under civil U.S. registration N9547Z.

Photographed 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

General Motors TBM-3E

This is another Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3E Avenger has Bu.no. 53726. Manufactured in 1945 and delivered mid 1945 to US Navy training units. It later  flew as tanker. After restoration it is seen here painted in a scheme of VMBT-132 as used in the battle of Okinawa (though thus not original). It was seen at the "Flying Leathernecks Aviation" museum at Miramar, California USA. (on loan from National Museum of the Marines Corps). Civil registered as N7076C.

Photographed November 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

General Motors TBM-3E

This TBM-3E Avenger c/n 3847 has Bu.no. 53785 has worn several piant schemes as flown and shown in museums. Now registred as N7075C wearing a scheme of US NAVY X2. Seen outside at the Palm Springs Air Museum at Palm Springs, Ca.

Photographed November 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


This TBM-3E Avenger c/n 5938 has a white code "308". It was manufactured March 1945 and at the end of the war flew with VT-86 from the USS Wasp also destroying Japanese ships. Now owned by the Texas Flying Legends Museum and seen at Nellis AFB show in November 2017.

Photographed November 2017 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

In 1/72 scale, many plastic scale models are available. Hobbyboss, Academy and Accurate Miniatures have 1/48 kits. In 1/32 scale, Trumpeter has a nice model.


This walk around page was first published September 2013 by M. de Vreeze