This is a list of torpedo bomber aircraft designed or adapted to carry a primary weapon load of one or more aerial torpedoes in an anti shipping role it does not include types equipped for the more general anti submarine warfare asw role. A torpedo bomber is a bomber aircraft designed primarily to attack ships with aerial torpedoes but which could usually also carry out conventional attacks using bombs torpedo bombers came into existence just before the first world war almost as soon as aircraft were built that were capable of. Ww2 torpedo bomber aircraft 1939 1945 while their kind is obsolete today torpedo bombers of world war 2 proved ultra critical in winning control of the atlantic pacific and mediterranean theaters. The torpedo bomber was originally envisioned as a kind of flying torpedo boat capable of slipping past defenses to threaten even the largest warships the concept was an torpedo bombers suffered heavy casualties when they attempted to operate against an intact fighter defense
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