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Torpedo Bombers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/12/2014

The Torpedo Bomber served a very specialized battlefield role during the first half of the 20th Century, their breed having since been replaced by other delivery platforms.

There are a total of 42 Torpedo Bomber Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)
The Aichi-produced B7A "Ryusei" (translated to "Shooting Star" and nicknamed "Grace" by the Allies) was a limited-production ...
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Aichi D3A (Val)
The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the war in the Pacific began....
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Aichi M6A Seiran
This oft-forgotten Aichi aircraft design was classified as an attack floatplane, designed exclusively for the launching from ...
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Arado Ar 195
The Arado Ar 195 was prototype design intended for operations from Germany's first aircraft carrier known as the Graf Zeppeli...
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Blackburn Baffin
The Blackburn Baffin was nothing more than a Pegasus-engined evolution of the Blackburn Ripon bomber of the mid-1920s. Both t...
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Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
The Kangaroo was the product of the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, Limited. The design began as a venture in 1916 to ...
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Blackburn Ripon
The Blackburn concern was founded in 1914 by aviation engineer Robert Blackburn as the "Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Company" ...
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Bristol Beaufighter
The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime hero for the British wit...
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Bristol Beaufort
The Bristol Beaufort enjoyed a strong run between the war years of 1940-1943 as the primary British torpedo bomber in service...
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CAC Woomera (A23)
The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World War 2. The push of Japan...
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CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design that was the CANT Z.506 ...
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Consolidated Vultee TBY Sea Wolf
The story of the Consolidated Vultee TBY "Sea Wolf" began with competitor Vought who earned a single prototype contract from ...
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de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous and successful of the conf...
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Dornier Do 22
The Dornier Do 22 was a German-designed and produced three-man floatplane. It was produced in Germany and Switzerland for the...
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Douglas BTD Destroyer
The awkward-looking Douglas BTD Destroyer was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use on American carriers in World...
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Douglas TBD Devastator
The Douglas TBD Devastator was classified as a torpedo bomber and served in the early half of World War 2 with the United Sta...
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Douglas XTB2D Skypirate
Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945), the United States Navy pushed its ever-growing stable of carrier-based aircraft to all-ne...
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Fairey Albacore
As effective and well-liked as the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber was for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA), its origins ...
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Fairey Barracuda
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) attempted to replace its aging Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber line of World War 2...
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Fairey Spearfish
Fairey Aviation, founded as early as 1915, had been designing, developing and building warplanes since World War 1 (1914-1918...
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Fairey Swordfish
The Fairey Swordfish was one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War. With Britain seemingly fighting the world war all ...
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Fokker T.VIII
Prior to the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War 2, the Dutch maintained a relatively healthy stable of modern ai...
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Grumman TBF Avenger
Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as one of the most potent tor...
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Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-class bombers in the Dornier...
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Heinkel He 115
By all accounts, the He 115 series of floatplane aircraft was regarded as the finest such aircraft in all of World War 2. She...
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Heinkel He 59
Because of the restrictions heaped upon Germany after the close of World War 1 (1914-1918), its military buildup heading into...
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Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
The Ilyushin IL-28 (codenamed "Beagle" by NATO) holds many distinctions in the annals of aviation history - some combat relat...
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Ilyushin IL-4
In many ways the Ilyushin-brand IL-4 was a "forgotten" bomber of the Second World War - at least in the West - though it form...
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Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-1945) and, like its sister ...
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Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide an aircraft carrier-type...
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Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)
The Mitsubishi G3M "Rikko" (codenamed "Nell" by the Allies) was a frontline, twin-engine medium bomber utilized primarily by ...
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Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)
Like most of Imperial Japan's aircraft in the early stages of World War 2, the Mitsubishi G4M (codenamed "Betty" by the Allie...
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Nakajima B5N (Kate)
By 1941, the B5N series of torpedo bombers were considered the best of their type anywhere in the world. The system was initi...
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Nakajima B6N Tenzan (Jill)
The torpedo bomber was born in the period preceding World War 1 (1914-1918) and had advanced considerably by the time of Worl...
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Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero series of tri-engined bombers was the best bomber for the Italian Axis power in the Seco...
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Savoia-Marchetti SM.84
With the arrival of World War 2 in September 1939, many existing aircraft of all types were pressed into wartime service and ...
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Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft after founding his Tupol...
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Vickers Wellesley
The Vickers Wellesley was one of two aircraft submitted by the Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd company to fulfill Air Ministry Specifi...
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