NAVY DEPARTMENT
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
WASHINGTON 25, D.C.

Op31X-HCM
(SC)F40-1
Serial 0246731

9 Nov 1944

AVIATION PLANNING DIRECTIVE 101-A-44

From: CNO

To: ComAirPac
      ComAirLant
      Chief, BuAer

Subj : TBF/TBM Aircraft Model Designations; establishment of.

Refs: (a) CNO conf Aviation Planning Directive 10-A-44 ser 013231 of 21 Jan 1944.
        (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.

/S/
H.F. FICK
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