Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
WASHINGTON 25, D.C.
9 Nov 1944
AVIATION PLANNING DIRECTIVE 101-A-44
Subj : TBF/TBM Aircraft Model Designations; establishment of.
(a) CNO conf Aviation Planning Directive 10-A-44 ser 013231 of 21 Jan
(b) CNO restr Aviation Planning Directive 91-A-44 ser 277231 of 17 Oct 1944.
(c) CKO restr Aviation Planning Directive 93-A-44 ser 314231 of 24 Oct 1944.
1. By refs (a), (b) and (c) the following model designations of TBF/TBM aircraft have been established :
TBF/TBM-1C - Reinforced wings and additional .50 calibre wing guns. ASB Radar.
TBF/TBM-1D - TBF/TBM-1C equipped with AN/APS-3 radar.
TBF/TBM-1CP - TBF/TBM-1C equipped with Trimetregon camera.
TBM-3 - Improved model of TBM-1C with R-2600-20 engine, ASB radar.
TBM-3P - TBM-3 equipped with Trimetregon camera.
2. The following additional designations are hereby assigned to the models of subject aircraft which are modified as indicated below:
TBF/TBM-1E - TBF/TBM-1C equipped with AN/APS-4 radar in a droppable package mounted on the starboard wing.
TBM-3B - TBM-3 equipped with AN/APS-3 radar.
TBM-3E - TBM-3 equipped with AN/APS-4 radar in a droppable package mounted on the starboard wing.
TBF/TBM-1L - TBF/TBM-1, -1C, -1D, or -1E equipped with a searchlight mounted in the bomb bay.
TBM-3L - TBM-3, -3D, or -3E equipped with a searchlight mounted in the bomb bay.
(Aircraft equipped with a wing mounted detachable searchlight will not be designated by the suffix "L" since this installation does not constitute a major modification.)
3. Activities which are modifying any of subject aircraft in accordance with the above designations will advise CNO (attention Op-31-R) of the Bureau number of the aircraft so modified.