torpedo bomber


Definition of torpedo bomber

: a military airplane designed to carry torpedoes

called also torpedo plane

Examples of torpedo bomber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Esper planned to lay a wreath at the site off Palau's coast where a U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bomber crashed on July 27, 1944. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Esper visit to tiny Palau highlights US-China competition," 26 Aug. 2020 Franzke, who loved to jitterbug as a kid, served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945, flying Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers off the carrier USS Saginaw Bay in the Pacific. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin World War II veteran doesn't let quarantine stop him from busting a move to Justin Timberlake tune," 6 Apr. 2020 The efforts have been likened to World War II when GM’s factories were retooled to make tanks, trucks, aircraft engines, shells and even fighters and torpedo bombers. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boosting production of ventilators is a race against time — and it won't be easy," 23 Mar. 2020 The two SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers and the TBM/F-1 Avenger torpedo bomber took part in Operation Hailstone against Japanese forces in the lagoon on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, 1944. Fox News, "US WWII bombers, missing for 76 years, discovered in Pacific lagoon," 18 Feb. 2020 The battleship was hit by Japanese torpedo bombers during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, followed by the United States' entry into World War II the next day. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Pearl Harbor survivor, USS Arizona crew member dies at 97," 17 Feb. 2020 Maloney, then a young recruit from Troy, N.Y., trained on the Avenger torpedo bomber at the Fort Lauderdale air station 75 years ago. Susannah Bryan,, "World War II veteran returns to training grounds for walk down memory lane," 11 Nov. 2019 The initial wave of torpedo bombers was nearly wiped out, but the attack drew Japanese fighters away from the carriers. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Researchers discover Japanese carrier from the World War II Battle of Midway," 21 Oct. 2019 American dive and torpedo bombers joined in on the attack on the Hiei, which was so badly damaged she was scuttled after the battle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunken Japanese World War II Battleship Discovered Off Solomon Islands," 7 Feb. 2019

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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