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TBM-3 Avenger: Movement of Personnel

TBM-3 Avenger: Movement of Personnel. (Source: Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions, Navy Model TBM-3 Airplane, November 1945.)


 

TBM Avenger Emergency Exits

Emergency exit routes of the TBM Avenger for both ditching and bailout in flight. The turret exit could not be used by the gunner to bail out during flight, because the gunner did not wear his parachute in flight. The gunner’s parachute was stored above the door in the bombardier’s compartment.

TBM Avenger Bailout Crew Exits and Ditching Exits

Emergency Equipment and Exits

Source: Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions, Navy Model TBM-3 Airplane, November 1945.
 

Grumman Ball Turret

Illustrations of the Grumman Ball Turret 150SE-1 and 150SE-2 mounted in the TBF Avenger from Aircrewman’s Gunnery Manual, Aviation Training Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy, 1944.

Grumman Ball Turret - TBF Avenger

Grumman .50 Caliber Ball Turret from TBF Avenger