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Mako1109 Dec 2016 7:28 p.m. PST

I want to paint up some Mossies in a different scheme, and need some 8 Group, PFF Mossies, as well as perhaps some plain old, early Mosquito bombers, before the Pathfinders were formed.

I'm curious to know if most of the early Mosquitos were painted in the brown, green, and black scheme, rarely seen, and roughly when they switched over to the later gray and green paint scheme?

Would the aircraft have been repainted, or left as is in order to keep the overall weight down. Paint on aircraft adds a surprising amount of weight on large surfaces, impairing top speed.

I've also seen some images (artwork) of Mossies in brown and green, with a greenish/blue tinge (duck egg blue) lower surface paint job as well. Seems like perhaps that would be best for photo-recon work, or weather recon flights, I suspect.

Looking primarily for the period from March July, 1943, but could also use them for later 1943 on raids against Berlin and other targets.

Also, would the 8 Group Mosquitos be equipped with drop tanks, or without (primarily interested in 1943, but would be useful to know when/if they ever got tanks for their aircraft too, later, and if so around when)?

Monkey Hanger Fezian10 Dec 2016 3:03 a.m. PST


Can't answeer your question myself but have you looked at Wings Pallette for colour schemes????

They have 110 Mosquitos in British service piccies in the WWII Bomber section


Fatman10 Dec 2016 3:07 a.m. PST

By 1943 the grey/green was pretty much ubiquitous. Black was mostly for night fighters and while you might get the odd green/brown survivor from earlier they would be clapped out and mostly used for communications and as squadron "hacks". Sorry.


jowady10 Dec 2016 11:42 a.m. PST

A lot of Mossie gen here;


Mako1110 Dec 2016 4:27 p.m. PST

Thanks Fatman, and others, for your replies.

Yes, I have, but thanks for the suggestion of the WP site, and the links.

Muddling this up is an order dated 8/15/41 changing Mossie camo over to gray.

I have read that the 8 PFF Force were painted like the bombers (pulled from those units, at least initially), so presumably green and brown at first (given their few losses). Of course, from late 1941 to very late 1942 and early 1943 is a very long time, so…..

Muddling this up is an order dated 8/15/41 changing Mossie camo over to gray.

jowady10 Dec 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

I believe that Guy Gibson was flying a Green-Grey-Black pathfinder when he was killed.

Rabbit 311 Dec 2016 4:34 a.m. PST

Mossies were usually painted in Fighter/ Light Bomber schemes of one kind or another so most were painted in variations of the Grey/Green scheme, sometimes with the upper Grey shade continuing on to the underside. Pathfinders sometimes had the undersides painted black though this was usually an overpainted Grey/Green aircraft
The earlier nightfighters were overall black and PR versions generally Blue.
Some of the early production MK IV`s from 1942 may have had the earlier Green/Brown/Sky scheme however.
By 1943 the Grey/Green/Lt Grey temperate scheme was universally in use on all fighters and fighter/bombers in Northern Europe so, for a Mossie the most likely cammo scheme to use is the Grey/Green.

Mako1111 Dec 2016 11:21 a.m. PST

Thank you.

I really appreciate the info and details.

boy wundyr x12 Dec 2016 10:22 a.m. PST

Probably no help at all, unless you just want different colours to use, but when I was at the USAF National Museum this summer, there was a USAF Mosquito in a late-war all-grey photo-recon scheme.


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