WWII Plane - need help with identifying

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    WWII Plane - need help with identifying

    I am attaching a picture that we pulled from the family archives. A family member was in the US Navy during WWII and had this picture burried in his "stuff". Can anyone help identify this plan, and if possible (A long shot) any specifics about this particular plane (43-TN-6)

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    Grumman TBF Avenger?
    TBF Avenger

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    Looks like a TBF Avenger Grumman TBF Avenger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Not sure what this has to do with firearms discussions.
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    I am impressed, very quick answer. The closestest I could come was the 4F4, and the page you provided said it was similar, but it didn't match.

    Thanks for such a quick response!
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    A torpedo bomber built by Grumman.
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    OOPS, How did I get this here? I meant to put it in "Off Topic"
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    Note the machine gunner at the rear of cockpit in your pic and the ones in the below link.

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    Moved.

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    Thanks Rock
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    President Bush (The Elder) flew the TBM series Avenger which he was shot down in WWII. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his mission. They are 3 man crew fighter bombers consisting of a gunner, radioman, and pilot.

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    After Bush was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 1 August, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. On 2 September 1944, Bush piloted one of four aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chi Chi Jima. For this mission his crew included Radioman Second Class John Delaney, and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White, USNR, who substituted for Bush's regular gunner. During their attack, four TBM Avengers from VT-51 encountered intense antiaircraft fire. While starting the attack, Bush's aircraft was hit and his engine caught on fire. He completed his attack and released the bombs over his target scoring several damaging hits. With his engine on fire, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member on the TBM Avenger bailed out of the aircraft. However, the other man's chute did not open and he fell to his death. It was never determined which man bailed out with Bush. Both Delaney and White were killed in action. While Bush anxiously waited four hours in his inflated raft, several fighters circled protectively overhead until he was rescued by the lifeguard submarine, USS Finback. For this action, Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the month he remained on Finback, Bush participated in the rescue of other pilots.
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    TBM or TBF, depending on which company buiilt it. Otherwise, the same aircraft.
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    This plane has a radar pod on the right wing.

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