TBD-1 Devastator

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General info

TBD-1 Devastator in the Garage.

The TBD-1 Devastator is a Rank I American naval bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/SB) and 1.3 (RB) . It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The first thing a pilot will notice about the TBD in gameplay is its "rubber banding" tendency to return to a stable speed of about 250kph. The aircraft has mediocre energy retention, especially in a turn or when coming out of a dive. However, it is a stable and easy plane to fly, even in Realistic Battles. Strangely enough, the TBD has awesome acceleration from a standing start. The acceleration peters off after about 140kph (just above its stall speed), but makes it a nice plane to takeoff, especially from carriers. The armament on this plane is very bad and will get shot down if engaged with a fighter. The TBD is a very attractive target for fighters so climb to an altitude of 5000 meters. When dropping bombs, decrees your throttle to 50% as the bombs are more accurate when flying slow.

This aircraft is best used in a ground strike role, carpet bombing ground targets with a large quantity of smaller bombs available out of the box, and in this role it performs respectably. It features a single 12.7mm MG attached to the starboard side of the engine, with a generous ammo load, but although the TBD has a good turning radius it is not recommended to engage as a fighter. A rear gunner also wields a 7.7mm MG, and although its horizontal coverage is laughable, it is a welcome addition to a low-flying pilot with the ability to keep his enemies in his gunner's (or main gun's) sights.

It is important to note that the TBD suffers from extremely fragile flaps and gear, at least in Realistic and Simulator Battles; even combat flaps will break off at any speed above about 210kph, while the gear rip at about 180.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Very stable and easy to fly.
  • Very maneuverable for a bomber.
  • Very good turn and roll rate.
  • Carries a decent quantity of bombs without requiring any research.
  • Great standing acceleration.
  • Cockpit offers somehow decent visibility.

Cons

  • Low sustainable "cruise" speed (200-250kph).
  • Slow.
  • Very bad energy retention.
  • Bombs are mounted on external pylons.
  • A dive bomber without any air brakes.
  • Poor overall armament with limited defensive coverage.
  • No gun sight in cockpit other than a scope with an extremely limited (and very shaky) field of view.
  • Both offensive and defensive armament are underwhelming.
  • Doesn't come with it's Navy Blue camouflage unlike other US Navy planes.
  • Fragile flaps and gear.
  • Gunner has no amour.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg)

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (600 rpg)

Payloads

  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 1 x 2216 lb Mk.13 torpedo
  • 1 x 2216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Torpedos

Torpedos

Aerial Torpedoes

Nation Mass Caliber Name Max speed Max height Velocity Travel Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Drop Torpedo properties High explosive
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Germany
936kg 450 mm LT F5W 83.5km/h 120m 22.2m/s 3000m 450 0 22.4 30m 300mm
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Italy
936kg 450 mm F 200/450 83.5km/h 120m 22.2m/s 3000m 450 0 22.4 30m 300mm
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Japan
935kg 450 mm Type 91 mod. 2 133.6km/h 300m 21.3m/s 2000m 450 0 36.9 34m 350mm
857kg 450 mm Type 91 mod. 3 154.5km/h 300m 21.3m/s 2000m 450 0 64.2 40m 410mm
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USSR
950kg 450 mm 45-36AN (1939) 69km/h 105m 20.5m/s 3000m 450 0 100 46m 463mm
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Britain
702kg 450 mm 18 in Mk XII 78km/h 105m 20.5m/s 2000m 450 0 22.4 30m 300mm
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USA
1005kg 570 mm Mk 13 (1944) 144km/h 250m 17.2m/s 5760m 571 0 100 46m 463mm
1005kg 570 mm Mk 13 57km/h 105m 17.2m/s 5760m 570 100 100 46m 463mm
834kg 570 mm Mk 13 /weak 57km/h 105m 15m/s 2000m 360 100 0 30m 300mm


Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-64 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 781 hp (Stock), 912 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 840 hp (Stock), 971 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 730 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-35 12 cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 773 hp (Stock), 840 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 832 hp (Stock), 899 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 730 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-35 12 cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 773 hp (Stock), 840 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 832 hp (Stock), 899 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 730 kg

Stat card

Stock
  • Max speed: 293 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 332 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 18.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 287 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 312 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 19.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 287 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 312 km/h
    • at height: 2,500 m
  • Max altitude: 6,000 m
  • Turn Time: 19.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 150 m

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the TBD-1 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png TBD-1 Devastator
Nation USA
Type Dive Bomber
Fighting style Ground Attack
Bombing
Close Air Support

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2530 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~3019 kg
Takeoff Weight ~4218 kg
Wing Area ~39 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 840 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~450.36 kph at 2500 m
Climb Rate ~6.12 m/s
Turn Time ~23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~65.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5578 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~6656 lb
Takeoff Weight ~9299 lb
Wing Area ~420 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 840 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~279.84 mph at 8202 m
Climb Rate 20.08 ft/s
Turn Time 23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~13.31 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x Browning 600 RPG
1 x M2/early Browning 500 RPG
Payload Option 1
12 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Payload Option 2
1 x 22.5 2216 lbs Mk.13 /without wooden breakaway protection torpedo
Payload Option 3
1 x 22.5 2216 lbs Mk.13 /late torpedo
Payload Option 4
6 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
2 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 431 kph
Gear lmit 185 kph
Combat Flaps 212 kph
Max static +G's ~6
Max static -G's ~2
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <465 kph
Rudder <400 kph
Elevators <380 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 268 mph
Gear lmit 115 mph
Combat Flaps 132 mph
Max static +G's ~6
Max static -G's ~2
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <289 mph
Rudder <249 mph
Elevators <236 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
2620 m
8596 ft
100% Enginepower 900 hp
WEP Enginepower 963 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)