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Offline Zaffex

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« on: January 06, 2007, 04:57:55 PM »
I've been wondering lately  ::thinking:: about the markings on old WWII aircraft, particularly about the black and white stripes on the wings and rear section of the fuselage. Anybody know what these, or other noteworthy markings, signify?  ???
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Re: stripes
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007, 05:12:40 PM »
I've been wondering lately  ::thinking:: about the markings on old WWII aircraft, particularly about the black and white stripes on the wings and rear section of the fuselage. Anybody know what these, or other noteworthy markings, signify?  ???
The black and white "invasion stripes" were used to mark all allied aircraft during and shortly after D-day to make them more recognizable so as not to be shot down by allied AA gunners participating in the invasion.

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 06:29:24 AM »
Very true.  I was watching history channel and they were talking about that.

Offline chuckar101

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Re: stripes
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2007, 01:12:51 AM »
Didn't they end up adopting them the rest of the war to further help the infantry recognize them.
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Offline Panzerrat

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Re: stripes
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2007, 07:16:18 PM »
The invasion stripes went away after the invasion.  As a matter of fact, paint jobs slowly went away.  I read an article that quoted German soldiers saying "If it's silver, it's American; Blue, it's British.  Invisible, it's ours."
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fireflyr

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Re: stripes
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2007, 05:44:14 PM »
The invasion stripes went away after the invasion.  As a matter of fact, paint jobs slowly went away.  I read an article that quoted German soldiers saying "If it's silver, it's American; Blue, it's British.  Invisible, it's ours."
"invisible, it's ours"  HUH !  :-[
Sure points out the air supremecy that the Allied forces enjoyed at that point |:)\

I believe it was Herman Goehring who lamented that the war was lost when he saw the first P-51 fighters escorting  bombers over Berlin.........

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Offline Panzerrat

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Re: stripes
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2007, 09:17:33 AM »
Thinking of identification issues, take a look at an mid-war ME-109, and compare its side profile with an early P-51 ("B" model or so).  Imagine being a B-17 or B-24 gunner trying to determine which is which during a 300 knot pass-by.
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Re: stripes
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2007, 06:57:03 AM »
Thinking of identification issues, take a look at an mid-war ME-109, and compare its side profile with an early P-51 ("B" model or so).  Imagine being a B-17 or B-24 gunner trying to determine which is which during a 300 knot pass-by.

On the bright side, I don't think the gunners had to worry too much about ME-109s by the time they could worry about whether they'd hit a P-51.  ;)
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