torpedo bomber

noun

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 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, sun-sentinel.com, "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 Hornet typically carried a mixed air group consisting of up to 72 aircraft including Wildcat fighters, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, and TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 The modest Hermes was just 600 feet long and carried just 15 Swordfish torpedo bombers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 He was assigned to fly torpedo bombers off aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "‘I thought I was done’: George H.W. Bush faced death at 20 during WWII," 23 Apr. 2018 He was assigned to fly torpedo bombers off aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "‘I thought I was done’: George H.W. Bush faced death at 20 during WWII," 23 Apr. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Torpedo bomber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torpedo%20bomber. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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