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    Hi,

    When the Sky/Night under surfaces were introduced in November 1940, would anyone know if this was applied to the Gladiators of 247 Squadron? Although Hurricanes started to arrive in December the last of the Gladiators didn't leave the Squadron until March 1941.

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    It would be very surprising if it were not applied. It was originally intended as a recognition feature for ground-based observers. This would still apply to the Gladiators. You and I might well understand that thee would be no chance of there being any German biplanes in the area of operations, but expecting everyone at the time to share that understanding is unrealistic.

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    Hi Graham,

    Thanks for your reply. I've seen a couple of photos of 247 Sqn Glads during winter of 1940-41 but they don't show the under surfaces, except for one but that only shows the under surface of the starboard wings.

    The difficulty with b/w photos being that if you see a photo of one with the black port wings you automatically assume it is in the night/white scheme, unless the photo can be positively dated.

    The search goes on.

    Alex

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