The VT-3 (Torpedo Squadron), on the USS Saratoga, was the first unit to receive the TBD Devastators in October / November 1937.
Start of War
There were 69 operational TBD Devastators, out of 100 available, that were in service at the time of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbof.
On June 4, 1942, 35 / 36 TBD Devastators were shot down. There were a total of 41 Devastators from the Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown. The Hornet had 14 of its 15 Devastators that took off on June 4, 1942, shot down.
In 1942, against the Japanese in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, the TBD Devastators were outfitted with three 500 lb / 227 kg bombs or twelve 100 lb / 45 kg bombs (six under each wing).
After being pulled from the front lines, after the Battle of Midway, TBD Devastators were used for communications and training.