Hi Folk,

I get the feeling I ought to know this but......

First of all. Can anyone tell me why British fighter aircraft, in particular Spitfire and Hurricanes, had a white or off white band around the rear fuselage, just forward of the tail?

Secondly. Was there a period when this started and ended?

I never really paid it any mind until recently when I decided to use profile photos in a new book to illustrate the type and the actual aircraft I am writing of with markings and codes.

Help as always greatly appreciated.