How much for the bomber panel switch?

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Auroralution, May 3, 2021.

  1. Auroralution

    Auroralution New Member

    Found this one in my house.. dont know from which bomber it is, but it definitely had opportunity of torpedoes carrying... How much would this panel cost?
    Part number (Assy): 5165341-401


  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Are you asking how much it cost to make? .A guess a few pounds of the time

    Are you asking how much is it worth? try a well known selling site
  3. Auroralution

    Auroralution New Member

    If you are saying about Ebay, due to their policy, i cant just list and then close the lot..
    Just want to know: from what airplane is this panel... and how much would be the price.. it's definetly 1920-1945 airplane...
  4. Auroralution

    Auroralution New Member

    Somebody told me, that it's TBM, which was exploited in RAF...
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Its value today in my opinion is not great - it appears someone has drilled non 1945 countersunk holes into the word RELEASE and adjacent to it

  6. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Try contacting the owners or searching this site:

    Hard-to Find Warbird/Aviation Militaria at AeroAntique

    Given it's their business to sell stuff like you own , they'd have a good handle of value of your item one would think.
  7. Auroralution

    Auroralution New Member

    Thank you for your reply!
    Already sent an email for them.. i will be in touch, and will update an information, that i will get from them! <3
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Pleasing item.
    I know sod all of Air Ministry instrument panels, but have now spent quite a while staring at dozens of them.

    I love the thought there might be an old chap out there that'd see it & instantly know exactly what it is...
  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    If I'm understanding you correctly you're talking about the Grumman Avenger, General Motors version? But the RAF didn't use it. The Royal Navy did, though.

    Bomber's electrical panel shown in diagram 1. Grumman TBF Avenger (any variant will do) Radio Operator's Panel Photos?


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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Do you mean the price it cost to manufacture or the price you can flog it for
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Grumman TBF Avenger - Wikipedia

    Royal Navy Avenger
    Tarpon GR.I
    RN designation of the TBF-1, 400 delivered.
    Avenger Mk.II
    RN designation of the TBM-1/TBM-1C, 334 delivered.
    Avenger Mk.III
    RN designation of the TBM-3, 222 delivered
    Avenger Mk.IV
    RN designation of the TBM-3S, 70 cancelled
    Avenger AS4
    RN designation of the TBM-3S, 100 delivered postwar

    Maybe ask here - Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446) Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum

  12. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    The host aircraft appears to be an aircraft with a split bomb bay from its control panel configuration and has the option of being a torpedo carrier.

    However if the AM logo is associated with the aircraft, then the aircraft was on RAF strength. From that I would think that the aircraft was in Coastal Command service. There are many aircraft to chose from, some most obscure from the point of failing to meet a specification such as the Blackburn Botha.

    A check on these aircraft might highlight the types which had the torpedo carrying capability.
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  13. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Well-Known Member

    The TBF-1 was built by Grumman at its Bethpage Long Island. Production there ran from Jan 1942 to Dec 1943 with an eventual 2,290 rolling off the production line.

    General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division was awarded production contracts to supplement and then supplant Grumman production and allow Grumman to concentrate of fighter production. Its first TBM-1 rolled off the production line in its Trenton, New Jersey plant in Nov 1942. They went on to build an eventual 7,522 in the months to Aug 1945.

    Britain was scheduled to receive 222 TBM-3/3E aircraft and deliveries began in Sept 1944. However by the end of the war, while it is believed that all had been built, the evidence is that only about 109 had actually been delivered to the RN. Added to this would be a handful of aircraft that had seen use with the USN and then been reconditioned before being delivered to the RN in July and Aug 1945. The Avenger III aircraft began to be issued to front line squadrons of the FAA in July 1945 in Australia. Very few however actually saw combat.

    Britain was also due to receive 70 of the strengthened TBM-4 version from later in 1945 under the designation Avenger IV and serials were allocated for them. However the prototypes of this version only flew in mid-1945 and GM had not begun production when the war ended and all contracts were cancelled. The information on Wiki is incorrect about these aircraft. They were not TBM-3S. The TBM-3S was a dedicated ASW aircraft produced for the USN by conversion of war built TBM-3 air frames.

    Postwar the RN received 100 TBM-3E airframes under the MDAP programme as a stopgap pending the Fairey Gannet reaching squadron service. The first batch arrived in Britain in March 1953, entering squadron service in May that year. These aircraft were converted at the Aircraft Holding Unit at Abbotsinch (now Glasgow International Airport) or Scottish Aviation Ltd at Prestwick to meet British requirements. Early deliveries were converted as the AS.4 with the ASH radar (US designation AN/APS-4, a wartime set) while later aircraft received the British postwar built ASV.19A radar and became AS.5. Later in 1954/55 a number were further converted into the ECM.6 version. Again however they were not the USN TBM-3S version.

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