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Drdaniel55 Inactive Member01 Apr 2012 2:02 p.m. PST

I know it's difficult to determine the colors of something from black and white photos but I was wondering if I could get some help on this.


it's a flight Of Marine corps SBD Dauntless over the Virgin Islands on 3/7/1944, the far plane belonged to a friend's grandfather and he wants to paint up his Dauntless for a minis game in that color but the pic seems so washed out that they look almost white.

miscmini Fezian01 Apr 2012 2:08 p.m. PST

I say white or a very light gray for bottom and sides, intermediate blue on top and side of cockpit. Check picture #6 on this site…

Mikhail Lerementov Inactive Member01 Apr 2012 2:22 p.m. PST

It appears to be the Atlantic camo. That would be light gray and dark gray.

Charlie 1201 Apr 2012 2:25 p.m. PST

The normal scheme for Atlantic Fleet SBDs was dark gull gray over insignia white. I've seen some photos of this scheme with a distinct blue cast that makes the grey look like blue; that may be what's happened with the photo referenced above.

Drdaniel55 Inactive Member01 Apr 2012 2:45 p.m. PST

Thanks for the help guys

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2012 3:18 p.m. PST

Go here:


Fourth down from the top. Looks like the exact same
plane as your friend's grandfather's (S5).

In color, of course, and it appears to be gray wings and
mantle over lighter gray fuselage, etc., but it could be
insignia white, as mentioned upthread.

Drdaniel55 Inactive Member01 Apr 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

Thanks again, your link told me what squadron that they were in and that led me to this picture:


third from front is S5 again and it's dated 43-44, his grandpa flew out to Norfolk to get the Dauntless' in 43.

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