By Roger Anthony Freeman
See the insignia, markings, camouflage, and hues of the 1939-45 air squadrons in photographic element! due to the dearth of colour images on the time, every one of these details have seemed merely in paintings. but those 350 real photographs express the brilliant crimson engine cowling jewelry, yellow propeller bosses, and grey paint of many international struggle II airplane. An express of team and squadron insignia finds humor, individuality, and perspective. a hundred and sixty pages, three hundred colour illus., eight 0.5 x eleven.
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The overall yellow with red polka dots and trim took many man hours. and replacement aircraft for this duty were less exotically decorated. (USAAF) mented use of an assembly ship was by the 93rd Bomb Group on 30 November 1943, but at this date it was apparently still in normal camouflage colours. The first reference to an assembly ship with special markings is early in January 1944 when the 389th Bomb Group refers to its 'Zebra forming aircraft·. It also appears that by this time the Division had accepted the value of these aircraft, for other timeexpired B-24s were issued to recently arrived Groups electric lights was then fitted in the former tail tur- for this purpose.
Slogans, rather than names, were not uncommon. The first bombers arriving from the United States had names neatly rendered in small block capitals, but this command-ordered reserve soon gave way to large, flamboyant styles of presentation. On camouflaged aircraft the predominant colour for names was yellow. Named aircraft mostly had an accompanying motif, of which it is estimated some 70 per cent featured the female form. Here, too, provided such art was not too explicit, command did not object to the amount of space occupied on the nose side by these paintings.
B-17F 42-30721 VP:I of the 381st Bomb Group, which was utilised for this duty, had red and white stripes painted round the rear fuselage to identify this aircraft to investigative Allied fighters. Most radio-relay 'ships' did not have any special distinguishing markings. (USAF) ing aircraft, but this had the disadvantage that the leading aircraft, already carrying an extra crewman, was weighed down with a considerable stock of pyrotechnics to allow for their discharge at frequent intervals. Moreover, in conditions of poor visibility, the coloured flare combinations could easily be mistaken.
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