- Jun 29, 2009
There are few points in the TLR that raise the Avenger up a bit.The TL : DR for me is that it was pretty difficult to make a good high performance torpedo bomber in the mid-Century era, and probably only the Japanese pulled it off, their design coming too late and too big for most of their carriers.
One is that the bomb bay in the Avenger was cavernous. The Speed for the Avenger is with the torpedo inside the bomb bay, not hanging outside. Doesn't make up for 70mph but it is worth something. Avenger could also hold four 500lb bombs inside the bomb bay, or two 1000lbs or even a single 2000lb bomb. The A7M could hold two 550lb bombs.
The vast majority of Avengers had two .50 cal guns for forward armament, not a single .30 cal.
The range given for the A7M is best case, as in carrying auxiliary fuel. Normal range was about 1000NM
Range for the Avenger is a bit short. Grumman figures say 1100 Statue miles or about 1800km while carrying a torpedo.
You could put drop tanks under the Avenger (small ones) or stick a ferry tank in the bomb bay.
There maybe problems with the Barracuda specs, I haven't looked.
Comparing a late 1944 plane (it took until the end of Aug to build eight A7Ms in 1944) to planes that were in service two years earlier does not seem like a good comparison.