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    Hi all,

    My request is as follows: did trainer aircraft such as the Tiger Moth or the Magister received a camouflage scheme and a code letter when used by operational squadrons in England, or did they keep their yellow paint?

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    Fox.
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    G'day Fox

    All the photos I have seen invovling non-operational types serving with R.C.A.F. overseas squadrons were camouflaged without a squadron code. No. 401 'Ram' (F) Squadron used Tiger Moth Mk. II s/n EM879 (one of five in squadron use) and nicknamed it 'Tigerschmitt' due to the shark's mouth painted on the nose. Their Auster A.O.P. Mk. III s/n MZ236 was nicknamed 'Oscar'.

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    Did not elementary trainer aircraft such as Tigers and Magisters acquire camouflaged upper surfaces and yellow lower surfaces as a matter of course very early in WW2 as did advanced training aircraft such as Oxfords, Harvards, Hinds etc? These schemes were the ones with the demaraction line between "upper" and "lower" surfaces running along fuselage about half way between upper and lower edges in side view. However later in the war (late 1941 or early 1942?) this demaraction line was lowered to the very lower edge of fuselage, so was hardly visible in side view. ALso earlier aircraft were probably changed to this scheme in fullness of time.
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    Hi folks,

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    << All the photos I have seen invovling non-operational types serving with R.C.A.F. overseas squadrons were camouflaged without a squadron code. No. 401 'Ram' (F) Squadron used Tiger Moth Mk. II s/n EM879 (one of five in squadron use) and nicknamed it 'Tigerschmitt' due to the shark's mouth painted on the nose. Their Auster A.O.P. Mk. III s/n MZ236 was nicknamed 'Oscar'.>>
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    Both pictures can be seen in 'The Royal Canadian Air Force At War: 1939-1945' (Larry Milberry & Hugh Halliday). The Tiger Moth features the Squadron's code 'YO' but no individual letter.

    I would be interested in any picture of Magister L8210 serving with the same squadron.

    Regards,

    Fox.
    Last edited by Fox; 13th July 2011 at 12:56.
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