"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              
 
Turkeys In The Drink !
With one exception, these Avengers all appear to have crashed on take off. Photographed from the carrier's deck, and while the plane is still afloat, the crew scrambles to exit their 'craft and deploy the life raft. Once aboard, they would await pick-up by a nearby plane-guard destroyer.

Our last photo is the one exception, not photographed at close range, but from a plane overhead. This Avenger, from VT-10, was shot down over Truk and landed in the lagoon one mile off shore. ENS Farrell and his crew are in the raft at the upper left of the photo. It was reported that the plane remained afloat for 5 1/2 minutes.

The diagram above, from the Avenger pilot's manual, shows the plane's emergency exits, raft and parachute stowage.

As seen below, instruction on escaping from the ditched aircraft was part of the crew's training.