The Avengers were used by Britain, New Zealand, and the United States.
TBF Avengers either destroyed or shared in the destruction of 42 U-boats.
High velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs) were first used by the Avenger in January 1944.
The TBF Avenger was in use with the United States Navy until 1954.
First Unit at Midway
The VT-8 received its first TBF-1s in May 1942. These were later used at the Battle of Midway.
They were stationed on the USS Hornet, and five of the six never returned.
They were assigned to the VT-8, of the USS Hornet, but they were assigned to Midway Island during the battle. Four of the six didn't return from battle.
Former US President George Bush was the youngest naval aviator when he flew in combat.
Starting in early 1944 the TBMs were replacing the TBFs.
Initially called the Tarpon, but was later changed to the Avenger.
Thirty three squadrons were equipped with the Avenger in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.
921 / 958 were delivered to the United Kingdom. 395 TBF-1Bs and 526 TBM-3Bs.
New Zealand received 60 / 63.
After World War II
The Avenger was used by Canada, France, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, and Uraguay.
The last Avenger was withdrawn from service in 1962.