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Classic Warbirds No.4: American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings Part 2
Author: Oleksandr74

Paul Ludwig, Malcolm Laird - American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings Part 2
Ventura Publications | 2000 | ISBN: 095835944X | 76 pages | PDF | 27.51 MB
Classic Warbirds No.4

This, the second part of 'American Spitfire - Camouflage and Markings' briefly covers the Eagle Squadrons with their standard RAF camouflage and markings. It leads on to the 4th Fighter Group and then the 52nd Fighter Group which, like the 31st FG covered in Part I, operated Spitfires in a variety of colour schemes over a two year period. While the Group initially retained RAF camouflage with added American National insignia; by rhe time they were in Italy a variety of low and high altitude schemes were in evidence. Add to this the Group's squadron badges and distinct style of marking a pilots name on an aircraft and you have some of the most varied Spitfire colour schemes of the Second World War. The 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, with its PRU Blue Spitfire PR Mk XIs and the 67th RG are then covered, with many previously unpublished photographs. Mention is also made of evaluation aircraft used by the US Navy and USAAF. Throughout the book the phrase 'nominal diameter' is used when discussing the size of USAAF national insignia. This refers to the diameter of the white-star-on-blue-disc portion of the insignia, excluding any yellow, red or blue outer border. Details
Classic Warbirds No.3: American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings Part 1
Author: Oleksandr74

Paul Ludwig, Malcolm Laird - American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings Part 1
Ventura Publications | 2000 | ISBN: 0958359431 | 74 pages | PDF | 28.03 MB
Classic Warbirds No.3

The reasons why some USAAF Fighter Groups based in Europe were equipped with British Spitfires for two years are, in essence, quite straight forward. In July 1942 the Spitfire's excellent combat performance was needed. However it's short range was always a problem and, by late 1943 with the P-51B Mustang available, the Spitfire's short range could no longer be tolerated and so the business-like Mustang replaced the elegant Spitfire. Camouflage and markings worn by USAAF Spitfires followed the simple formula of RAF camouflage and USAAF markings. Cocarde and code letter size, style and placement varied greatly, because markings were applied at unit level and new aircraft were always received still wearing RAF roundels. Add to this, squadron badges and a myriad of personal markings and you have some of the most colourful Spitfires of the Second World War. Variations were many in terms of markings but few in terms of camouflage - except for field repainted aircraft and the various Spitfire 'hacks' retained by squadrons after the transition to Mustangs in April 1944. Details
American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings (Part 2)
Author: Димарик

American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings (Part 2) (Classic Warbirds №4)
2000 | ISBN: 095835944X | English | 76 Pages | PDF | 28 MB
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American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings (Part 1) (repost)
Author: Димарик

American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings (Part 1) (Classic Warbirds №3)
2000 | ISBN: 0958359431 | English | 74 Pages | PDF | 29 MB
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Classic Warbirds No.7: USAAF Spitfire, Bader's Mk V, RAAF B-24s, Boomerangs
Author: Oleksandr74

Malcolm Laird, Robert Livingstone - USAAF Spitfire, Bader's Mk V, RAAF B-24s, Boomerangs
Ventura Publications | 2002 | ISBN: 0958359474 | 64 pages | PDF | 15.53 MB
Classic Warbirds No.7

In issue number seven the first two chapters tell the stories of two different pilots, both New Zealanders, Squadron Leader Jeff West, (who tells of Douglas Bader's last mission), and Wing Commander Warren Schrader, both Spitfire pilots, with many never before seen photographs. These stories are quite refreshing. After that is a gallery of some seven photographs of Spitfires in USAAF service. These are new photos brought to hand as a result of the first two Ventura Classic Warbird issues, dedicated to American Spitfire Camouflage and Markings. Following that are fifteen heavily annotated photographs of Japanese aircraft in end of the war "surrender" paint schemes. Once again this is a nice article with great photographs. Finally the last two articles cover two aircraft in Australian service, the Boomerang and the B-24. Included are eighty nine black and white and some seven color close-ups of a modern Boomerang reconstruction, and six pages of color profiles. Details
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