The World War II Roundtable is taking a summer break and will resume presentations beginning Thursday, October 25 in the West Ballroom of the MountainView Clubhouse at 1:00 p.m.
Our guest speaker at the October meeting will be Jim Evans, the director of Airbase Arizona at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. Airbase Arizona boasts a 50,000 sq. ft. museum which includes about 30 aircraft, several of which are of WWII vintage. Jim will talk about the Avenger, the premier American torpedo bomber of WWII.
From Jim Evans:
The talk begins with the need for a modern torpedo bomber for the US NAVY, includes tragic tale of Torpedo Squadron 8, which was famously destroyed in obsolete Douglas “Devastator” at Midway. Or was it? It continues with the many roles the Avenger played in the Pacific War in WWII, including LtJG George Herbert Walker Bush and the Japanese battlewagons the IJN Yamato and Musashi. A British Avenger even shot down a German “buzz bomb,” but that was pure luck. The story continues with the post-war service of our newly acquired Avenger at Airbase Arizona at Falcon Field.