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Texas Grognard Inactive Member26 Jul 2010 8:14 p.m. PST

Howdy y'all! I picked up a Battlefront L-4 Grasshopper tro fill in as an Auster AOP for my Poles. What were the camo schemes used on them during the Normandy opereations? Was it Dark Green and Earth topsides and sky bottom or Dark Green and Sea Grey topside like the Typhoons?

I have found some pictures on Wikipedia of the Dk Green and Earth but would like some more opinions before I commit. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance and Salut y'all!

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Jul 2010 1:51 a.m. PST

Definitely earth and green – the grey was only used on fighters and bombers; transports etc. stayed in dark earth.

NoLongerAMember Inactive Member27 Jul 2010 7:20 a.m. PST

And invasion stripes (probably).

Richard Humm27 Jul 2010 11:47 a.m. PST

The standard camouflage scheme for the Auster in north-west Europe was Dark Green and Dark Earth on both upper and lower surfaces. The pattern for the camouflage on the lower wings was different from that on the upper sides.

Dom – the only bombers I can think of offhand with Dark Green and Ocean Grey upper surfaces are Mosquitos. Didn't other bombers mostly stay in Dark Green and Dark Earth? (Mitchells being an exception, with Olive Drab upper surfaces on some of the late war ones)

NoLongerAMember Inactive Member27 Jul 2010 12:09 p.m. PST

Typhoons were grey and green, and they were essentially Bombers, I think he meant daylight bombers used the Dk Green and Grey scheme.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Jul 2010 12:12 p.m. PST

Yes, I should've been clearer – the heavy night bombers stayed earth and green over black, I was mainly thinking of Mossies for the grey.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member30 Jul 2010 2:31 p.m. PST

Swordfish and Beaufort torpedo bombers and Beaufighter strike aircraft also flew in grey and green cammo. Naval recon and anti-sub aircraft including Wellingtons, Catalinas, Walruses, Fortresses and many other types flew in grey and green, as did most FAA carrier and catapult planes.

Grey and green was a sea camouflage scheme. RAF Fighter Command went into grey and green in 1941 (IIRC) when they adopted a more aggressive 'forward' stance, patrolling and intercepting German planes over the Channel and the North Sea. RAF fighters in northern Europe stayed in grey and green for the duration. Some Malta based fighters were grey and green, others wore the Mediterranean scheme. Grey and green was also widely used in the Far East, although planes that were expected to operate mainly over land were often painted brown and green.

Bomber Command in the UK, intended to operate mainly over occupied Europe, stayed in brown and green for the duration.

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