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originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: seagull
I think the roundel was ordered removed about the same time, but a ship deployed and in the midst of operations probably had more pressing concerns than repainting.
And yes, it was a Devastator. Cockpit framing gives it away. It was actually pretty remarkable when introduced before the war-- it was just quickly outclassed by the Avenger a few years later. The few Avengers available didn't do any better at Midway and suffered heavy losses against unopposed Zeroes, too. Hard to judge them by one performance. But with twice as much power, the Avenger had a lot more going for it and was an obvious choice to replace the Devastators in the fleet.
originally posted by: seagull
I actually discovered that they actually had a TBD floatplane, either on the drawing board or in prototype. Anyone know anything about that? I could look it up, but it's more fun this way.