Grumman TBM Avenger Mishaps

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An Avenger in the water after a landing mishap.  The pilot has stepped out onto the wing but the other two crewmen are not visible.  The damage to the port wing is extensive.
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This Avenger has spun into the island of the USS Hornet (CV-12), which is crowded with onlookers.  The areas where off duty personnel would congregate to observe flight operations was referred to a “vultures row” on most ships.
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ENS Bye put his Avenger into the port catwalk aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6).  Crewmen climb onto the starboard wing where their weight will help to right the aircraft while others standby to manhandle it back onto the deck.
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Another of Enterprise’s Avengers, this one reportedly damaged by friendly fire from a Hellcat.  In addition to the missing port elevator, close examination of the photograph shows numerous holes in the fuselage and wings plus damage to the turret perspex.  Proper aircraft (and ship) identification is a problem, and more difficult than it might first appear.
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A TBM-3 in the grass at Leyte has attracted a crowd after over shooting the runway.  Note the painted out number on the cowling.
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This Avenger with an impressive mission tally has suffered a landing gear collapse and is being manhandled forward to clear the flight deck aboard the USS Hoggart Bay (CVE-75), a Casablanca class escort carrier.
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A bad day aboard the USS Cabot (CVL-28).  This Avenger not only has missed the wires but has wandered wide of the flight deck and is headed towards the aircraft spotted forward.  Crewmen in the catwalk have already ducked and those among the planes on deck are seeking cover.
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One of the USS Card’s (CVE-11) Avengers has come to rest atop a 40mm gun tub.  Her arresting hook has been secured to the deck pending recovery.  Card was very active in the Atlantic, successfully operating against German U-boats.  Reactivated for the Viet Nam War as an aircraft transport, Card was sunk pierside in Saigon Harbor by an explosive charge placed by a Viet Cong swimmer.  She was quickly repaired and returned to service.
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Aircrew exit an Avenger which has gone over the side of the USS Bataan (CVL-29).  All three crewmen are visible in this view.  Among its’ other qualities, the TBM appears to have been quite buoyant, at least in the short term.
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A bad day for this TBM aboard an unidentified CVE.  The fuselage has broken just aft of the turret gunner’s position.

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