Photo #: 80-PR-3644
Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" Torpedo Bomber,
of Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5)
Undergoing maintenance at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, between the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the departure of VT-5's ship, USS Yorktown (CV-5), for the Pacific on 16 December 1941. This plane is coded "5-T-1", which contemporary records state was Bureau # 0319.
Note sign taped to the fuselage: "Speed work on this plane. It may sink a Japanese ship".
Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives.
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Page made 28 April 1999
Coding updated 13 February 2001