By Robert A Watkins
This 3rd quantity within the conflict colours sequence specializes in the unit insignia and tactical plane markings of the ninth USAAF within the ecu Theater of Operations in the course of global warfare II. All strive against parts assigned to the 9th AAF within the united kingdom from 1943-45 are incorporated: fighter, troop service, bombardment, reconnaissance, evening fighter and liaison devices. Squadron fuselage codes and popularity shades are proven inside their respective sections and comprise maps with chronological directory and dates of every devices assigned stations. Camouflage paint schemes with diagrams displaying executive requisites for the reliable placement of insignia and tactical markings for all significant USAAF strive against plane within the ETO also are lined.
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Marceau, Pays-de-Ia-Loire; 29-Aug-44 Y-72 Peronne, Picardy; 6-Sep-44 A-78 Florennes / Juzaine, Province de Namur; 1-0ct-44 Y-59 Strassfeld, Nordrhein-Westphalia; 22-Mar-45 R-2 Langensalza, Thuringia; 22-Apr-45 * there is no RAF or AAF numerical listing for this station. Combat Operations: 25-Apr-44 thru 8-May-45 Group Insignia: unofficial; officially replaced 22-Jun-55 Squadron Insignia: 428th FS; unofficial - officially replaced 3-Jun-54 429th FS; unofficial - officially replaced 7-Jul-55 430th FS; unofficial - officially replaced 15-Jul-54 Squadron Codes: 428th FS - FS • 429th FS - 7Y • 430th FS - K6 Squadron Colors: 428th FS - Red 429th FS - Blue (formerly White) 430th FS - Yellow Aircraft Markings: Virtually all P-38's within the 474thFG reversed the color order of the fuselage Invasion Stripes from White to Black to Black to White.
The tactical geometric symbols were normally applied with Black paint, occasionally however Black was substituted with a squadron color. The tail serial numbers were often simply over painted by the squadron tactical symbol with the last three digits of this number stenciled to both sides of the nacelle with stencil breaks normally remaining unfilled. Although frowned upon, the use of squadron colors would sometimes find their way onto the fuselage codes as well. 454 St. LambertAlF AAF Station A-II Strassfeld AlF AAF Station ~59 St.
Overseas Combat Commanders: Col. Charles M. Young, 22-Jan-44 Col. Edwin S. 347 Lbsley, Hampshire; 6-Jul-44 A-6 Beuzeville, Basse-Normandie; 22-Jul-44 A-2 Criqueville, Basse-Normandie; 14-Aug-44 A-44 Peray, Basse-Normandie; 4-Sep-44 A-7J Clastres, Picardie; 8-Sep-44 A-68 Juvincourt, Champagne-Ardenne; 28-0ct-44 A-64 St. Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne; I-Feb-45 A-94 Conflans, Lorraine; 14-Mar-45 Y-74 Frankfurt / Eschborn, Hessen; 1O-Apr-45 Group Insignia: unknown. Squadron Insignia: 392d FS; unofficial.