The system for designating naval Aircraft is intended to indicate the principal function, or functions, to which the plane may be put, the number of that particular type accepted from a particular manufacturer, the manufacturer, and the modification of the original model. Thus, for example, the PB4Y‑2 is the second version of the fourth patrol bomber made by the Consolidated Aircraft for the Navy. The following are the letters designating the principal functions:
Although, during the war, the Navy employed a great many types of planes for training, transport, and utility purposes, the following list gives only the principal combat types mentioned in the narrative.
|Navy Designation||Army Designation||Name||Manufacturer|
|F4F, FM||Wildcat||Grumman, Eastern Aircraft|
|F4U, FG‑1, F3A||Corsair||Chance-Vought, Goodyear, Brewster|
|p390 PBY, PBV, PB2B, PBN||OA‑10||Catalina||Consolidated, Vickers, Boeing, Naval Aircraft Factory|
|SB2C, SBW, SBF||A‑25||Helldiver||Curtiss-Wright, Canadian Car and Foundry, Fairchild|
|TBF, TBM||Avenger||Grumman, Eastern Aircraft|
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