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

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
298 287 6000 19.8 20.5 4.3 4.3 150
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
327 312 6000 18.3 19.0 8.3 6.1 150


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
212 ~8 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 465 < 400 < 380 > 323
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,620 m 900 hp 963 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 12.7 mm steel - behind engine
  • 12.7 mm steel - behind pilot


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The TBD-1 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

The TBD-1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,200 lb total)
  • 1 х Mk.13 torpedo
  • 1 х Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,600 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The TBD-1 is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

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 250 km/h. 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 140 km/h (just above its stall speed), but makes it a nice plane to take-off, 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, decrease 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 12.7 mm 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 7.7 mm 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 210 km/h, while the gear rip at about 180.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm ITC mk.III
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) Improved torpedo
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 12 mm SBC mk.I
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • Low stall speed
  • Has a bomb sight
  • Has an arrestor hook for carrier landing
  • Very stable and easy to fly.
  • Very manoeuvrable 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.


  • Armaments are extremely underwhelming, with a single 12.7 mm in front and a 7.62 mm in the rear
  • Low sustainable "cruise" speed (200-250 km/h).
  • 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.
  • Doesn't come with its Navy Blue camouflage unlike other US Navy planes.
  • Fragile flaps and gear.
  • Gunner has no armour.


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See also

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USA bombers
Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Hydroplanes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3 · PBM-1 "Mariner" · PBM-3 "Mariner"