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    Hi all,
    I would like to ask for help. One crew of 311 Sq after reutrn from patrol over Bay of Biscay in the first stage of October 1942 reported:
    "2 single engine A/C, unidentified, but with black and white stripes camouflaged on fuselage, the did not attack".

    Any ideas if those were allied ones?
    I do not know about such a identification on the RAF aircraft before the D-Day except stripes on the bottom wings of Tempest/Typhoon in 1943.

    Any help much appreciated.

    Pavel
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    White or black and white stripes were used as identification markings for major exercises, such as Starkey. I'm sorry but I don't have better information immediately to hand.

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    From the context I would say German (what was the position?), possibly with some stripey 'zebra' pattern. You need to check what units where based, and if there are any photos.

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    Hi Graham and Franek,

    many thanks for both advices. The idea with markings for excersices sounded good till I checked the position as Franek suggested.
    It happened on 5. 10. 42 approx. 80 km to the north of Ortigueira, Spain, what leads me to the conclusion as Franek suggested it might be German or possibly also Spanish?

    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel,
    Just to complicate things, have you considered that Spanish markings were black and white crosses?

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    Good point Bruce, yes find out already that I should take them into my consideration even if they have crosses not stripes.

    Pavel
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