⚜ | In Defense of the Worst Aircraft of World War II - TBD-1 Devastator

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Following the Battle of Midway, the TBD-1 made an unceremonial exit in the United States Navy. What was the story of this maligned torpedo bomber and is its bad reputation deserved?
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