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Jungle Ghost by zulumike Jungle Ghost by zulumike
The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in 1934, first flying in 1935 and entering service in 1937. At that point, it was the most advanced aircraft flying for the USN and possibly for any navy in the world. However, the fast pace of aircraft development caught up with it, and by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the TBD was already outdated. It performed well in some early battles, but in the Battle of Midway the Devastators launched against the Japanese fleet were almost totally wiped out. The type was immediately withdrawn from front line service, replaced by the Grumman TBF Avenger.

In the early days of the Pacific war, the TBD acquitted itself well during February and March 1942, with TBDs from Enterprise and Yorktown attacking targets in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, Wake Island and Marcus Island, while TBDs from Yorktown and Lexington struck Japanese shipping off New Guinea on 10 March.[13] In the Battle of the Coral Sea Devastators helped sink the Shōhō on 7 May.

This artwork represents a crashed Devastator on Wake Island that has recently been disovered and will be refurbished.

The AC model is a download from SIMV for FSX game. The BG is from various jungle photos from National Geographic, Microsoft Library, and various grass Gimp Brushes, weathering done with GIMP.

Thanks for Looking.

Cheers, Mike
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a place for a military airplane to end it's career. In a jungle in a small island country in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean.
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