By Robert A Watkins
This 3rd quantity within the conflict colours sequence makes a speciality of the unit insignia and tactical airplane markings of the ninth USAAF within the eu Theater of Operations in the course of global struggle II. All wrestle parts assigned to the 9th AAF within the united kingdom from 1943-45 are integrated: fighter, troop service, bombardment, reconnaissance, evening fighter and liaison devices. Squadron fuselage codes and popularity shades are proven inside of their respective sections and comprise maps with chronological directory and dates of every devices assigned stations. Camouflage paint schemes with diagrams displaying govt standards for the reputable placement of insignia and tactical markings for all significant USAAF strive against airplane within the ETO also are coated.
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The combat deployment of a large contingent of airborne assault troops would require a multiple grouping of a standard AAF three ajrcraft 'V' formation. These would group to form a Serial which consisted of a predetermined number of aircraft from a designated TC Group. The total number of 'V's comprising each Serial varied greatly in direct proportion to the respective mission. Each pilot was responsible for maintaining his proper position and interval within a formation and tills was accomplished totally by means visual orientation.
The art work has all the earmarks of Disney Studios, however additional research is needed to determine its actual origins. Squadron Codes: 404tht FS - 9Q • 405th FS - 8N • 406th FS - 4W Squadron Colors: 404th FS - Red 405th FS - Blue, medium 406th FS - Yellow Aircraft Markings: All squadrons of the 371st FG applied their respective color to the entire cowling area of their Thunderbolts. Some wartime photographs exist which show that various paints were additionally applied to the cowling flaps.
I" 366th Fighter Group: Insignia / Markings: Motto: unknown Sobriquet: unknown Campaign Streamers: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe, Unit Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citation: Normandy, II-Jul-44, Order of the Day, Belgium Army: 6-Jun-44 thru 30-Sep-44 and 18-Dec-44 thru l5-Jan-45. Belgian Fourragere, Overseas Combat Commanders: Col. Dyke F. Col. James P. Col. Donald K. Bennett, 30-Apr-44 Co. Harold N. Col. Ansel J. Pierre du Mont, Basse Normandie; 17-Jun-44 A-41 Dreux, Centre-Val-de-Loire; 24-Aug-44 A-70 Laon / Couvron, Picardie; 8-Sep-44 Y-29 Asch, Province Limburg; 19-Nov-44 A-94 Munster / Handorf, Nordrhein-Westphalia; 4-0ct-44 Group Insignia: officially replaced 6-0ct-54 Squadron Insignia: 389th FS; officially approved 13-Feb-45 390th FS; officially replaced 6-0ct-55 391st FS; unknown Squadron Codes: 389th FS - A6 • 390th FS - B2 • 391 st FS - AS Squadron Colors: 386th FS-none 3787th FS - none 388th FS - none Aircraft Markings: Research to date indicates that the 366th Fighter Groups tactical aircraft markings consisted solely of the standard Allied Quick Identification Markings accompanied by the respective squadron code applied with white paint on camouflaged surfaces and black on natural metal finishes.