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    Default Anson camouflage c. 1939-40

    Looking for port side camouflage pattern(s) for Avro Anson Is serving with flying training schools circa 1939-1940. Basic scheme was Temperate Land with yellow undersides with upper-lower demarcation running through the fuselage roundel down to the tailplane leading edge.

    Also fuselage and fin serial colour: yellow or white?

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    I'd expect the serial number to be black. (Or, strictly, Night to use the name on the tin.) I'd expect it to be on the fuselage rather than the fin, but not necessarily universally.

    The port-side pattern will be different according to the adoption of the A or B pattern, intended to be applied alternately on the line. I don't know offhand of an on-line source of the standard plan, but look at photos showing the port side of any other twin of much the same size.

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    Many and varied is the simple answer.

    L7049 of No.9 SFTS in 1940 was Night undersurface, medium sea grey nose code, Serial Numbers on fuselage and rudder were black with white underwing serial repeat.

    K8819 of School of Air Navigation for the same period was yellow undersurface, fuselage code S2 was white above/black below yellow demarcation. Fuselage serial white (no rudder repeat) and black underwing serial repeat.

    Also during 1940 they stopped painting numbers/coloured flashes on the rudder due to the slight imbalance the paint caused.

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    Thanks, Graham and Ross.

    The serials are light in colour and appear to match the yellow of the lower sides.

    Was ANS the School of Air Navigation or the Air Navigation School?

    Robert

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    Hi Rob,

    Depending on the time frame, both are correct:

    School of Air Navigation.
    Bases:
    Manston - 6 Jan 1936 - 2 Sep 1939
    St. Athan - 2 Sep 1939 - 30 Sep 1940

    Aircraft: Anson Mk.I Nov 1936 - Sep 1940.
    Codes: Letter/number combination.

    To Canada as 31 Air Navigation School.
    Base:
    Port Albert - 11 Nov 1940 - 17 Feb 1945.

    Aircraft: Anson Mk.I
    Codes: Letter/number.

    See:
    The Anson File.
    Sturtivant,Ray
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain(Historians),1988.
    pp.25 & 197.

    A photo and side-view (monotone)of K8819/S2, appears in the above ref., pp.26* & 338, respectively. L7049/V, is also depicted in a side-view on p.338.

    * Photo caption reads: Anson I K8819 'S2' of the School of Air Navigation, St. Athan early in the war.

    Col.
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    Many thanks, Col. Are you able to sent me scans of the references to K8819?

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    Rob,

    Unfortunately, l don't have a scanner, nor easy access to one.

    Col.

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