Interstate TDR Attack Drone
Designed to takeoff on a wheeled carriage
which fell off after becoming airborne, or be launched from a
catapult. Some were built with simple cockpits, but these
were fared over in combat. Airborne, it was controlled by an observer aboard a parent aircraft, (modified TBM Avenger) only one drone could be controlled by each parent
aircraft. Equipped with a single 2,000 lb.
aerial bomb or an aerial torpedo to be used as a remotely controlled guided bomb.
The drone carried a TV camera / transmitter that relayed a black & white image to a parent aircraft that was viewed on a small television screen. Then, it was controlled with a joystick and flown into the target.
Built by Interstate and powered by two 150hp Franklin
air cooled opposed six cylinder engines.
The same drone, manufactured in DeKalb, Illinois
during 1943-44. A total of 189 were built.
In the South Pacific, STAG-1 commanded by Captain Robert F.
Jones based at Banika Field tested the weapon in combat, with forty-twn launched against targets
in Western Solomons and Bougainville. Later, STAG-1 moved to Green Island and launched nineteen against Rabaul and New Ireland.
The Japanese recovered wreckage from one of the nineteen drones that crashed at Rabaul. On November 8, 1944 loaded aboard a J1N1 Irving and transported via Truk to Japan.
Siege of Rabaul pages 58-61