Avenger Mk II (Great Britain)

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This page is about the British premium dive bomber Avenger Mk II (Great Britain). For regular American version, see TBF-1C.
▄Avenger Mk II
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Description

The ▄Avenger Mk II is a premium rank II British dive bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB) and 2.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39 as the Avenger Mk.I before it was renamed in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". The Avenger Mk II is a British variant of the American Grumman TBF-1 Avenger licensed to General Motors to build as a TBM-1.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 3 650 m432 km/h
Turn time30 s
Max altitude7 100 m
EngineWright R-2600-8
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight8 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,650 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 412 398 7100 31.6 32.4 3.2 3.2 307
Upgraded 452 432 29.6 30.0 7.3 5.1

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
612 397 N/A N/A 285 ~5 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 300 < 220 < 220 > 318

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural612 km/h
Gear397 km/h
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in dorsal gunner's seat.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in front of dorsal gunner.
  • 40 mm Bulletproof glass in front of dorsal gunner.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in front of ventral gunner.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate under the ventral gunner.
  • 0.1 mm Wood connecting ventral gunner's armour.
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 500 Sl icon.png
RB1 900 Sl icon.png
SB2 800 Sl icon.png
Crew training8 100 Sl icon.png
Experts54 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 240 / 230 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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ITC mk.III
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Improved torpedo
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition620 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The Avenger Mk II (Great Britain) is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (310 rpg = 620 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups4
List of setups
Setup 14 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 21 x Mk.13-1 torpedo (1927 lbs)
Setup 31 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)
Setup 42 x Uncle Tom rockets

The Avenger Mk II (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 torpedo
  • 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 Case torpedo
  • 2 x Uncle Tom rockets

Defensive armament

Ammunition400 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min

The Avenger Mk II (Great Britain) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Avenger Mk II offers two 12.7 mm machine guns with a combined total of 1,200 rounds (one in each wing) ideal for strafing ground vehicles and fortifications. It also offers another additional 12.7 mm machine gun in the ball turret. It has 400 rounds and is very capable of taking down pursuing forces. In the rear belly, of the plane, it features a 7.62 mm machine gun. This has 500 rounds of ammo.

Fly low and fast, head towards your target, drop your ordnance, and bug out. However, If there are no hostile fighters, in the area. Destroy some enemy ground installations. E.g. AA, light vehicles, landing crafts and anti-tank positions.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good manoeuvrability
  • Robust construction
  • Adaptive secondary ordnance for different maps e.g. naval and ground-based operations
  • Very good vision in the cockpit

Cons:

  • Limited bomb selection for a bomber

History

The Avenger Mk II is a British variant of the American Grumman TBF-1 Avenger. Only 402 were given to British, under the lend-lease program. It was internally designated by Grumman as the TBF-1B. The British once they received them, initially designated it the Tarpon TR.Mk 1. Then, later on, it was re-designated as the Avenger. The Avenger is a single engine monoplane. It consists of, a three-man crew. It's primary role, was a torpedo bomber. However, could also be used as an ordinary bomber.

The only difference between the Avenger to the US TBF-1 versions is The installation of British oxygen systems and gun sights.

Avengers were first assigned to HMS Victorious in 1943; -832 squadron 1 and later on to serve in 845 squadron 1. They were supplied from January through to February 1943 to the British government. The Majority of these planes were returned to the U.S. Navy in June 1943.

In-game description

The Grumman Avenger Mk.I was a single engine naval torpedo bomber/strike aircraft which first entered service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in 1943. Designed as a replacement for the US Navy's Douglas Devastator, the Avenger first flew in August 1941 before the first examples left the production line in February 1942. The Avenger's operational debut at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 was less than stellar, with five out of six being destroyed without being able to sink a single enemy ship.

Under the lend-lease agreement, Avengers were supplied to the British Fleet Air Arm in January 1943, first equipping 832 Naval Air Squadron. Powered by a 1850 hp Wright Cyclone radial engine, the Avenger Mk.I was capable of reaching speeds of some 260 mph and had an operating range of 1020 miles; 1910 miles if extra fuel was loaded in lieu of ordnance. The Avenger was armed with two .50 caliber machine guns in the wings, a single .30 caliber gun in a ventral position and a further .50 caliber gun in a power operated turret. Its offensive load was a single 22-inch torpedo, up to 2000 lbs of bombs or eight 60 lb rockets under the wings.

For the first year of its life in British service, Avengers were known as Grumman 'Tarpons' following the Fleet Air Arm's tradition of naming its naval aircraft after fish or birds. However, from January 1944 onwards the name 'Avenger' was re-adopted to standardize with US forces. Avengers were constructed in the United States by both Grumman and also under license by General Motors, termed the TBF-1 and TBM-1 respectively; in Royal Naval service these were known as the Avenger Mk.I and Avenger Mk.II.

By the end of 1943, eight Avenger squadrons were active in the Fleet Air Arm, this number rising to fifteen squadrons by the end of the war. Some 1,000 out of nearly 10,000 Avengers built would serve with the Royal Navy. Avengers were employed in several roles across a variety of theatres, including mine laying and Anti-Submarine Warfare in the Atlantic, anti-shipping strikes in the build up to D-Day and Convoy escort from small escort carriers in the icy waters of the Arctic on convoy runs to the Soviet Union. However, it was in the Far East with the British Eastern Fleet and British Pacific Fleet which the British operated Avengers would see their most impressive contribution, culminating in their finest hour during the Battle of Palembang in January 1945, where Avengers formed the majority of the offensive capability of the Fleet Air Arm's strike package in a series of attacks on Japanese held oil refineries in Sumatra; Avengers of 820, 849, 854 and 857 NAS were responsible for crippling the output of two major oil refineries, causing a severe blow to the supply for Japanese aviation fuel. British Avengers were involved in strikes against mainland Japan by the time the war ended, and subsequent variants of the Avenger would continue to serve with the Royal Navy up until 1959. The Avenger also saw wartime service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and postwar service with the Royal Canadian Navy.

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