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    Hi,

    I would like to know how the Vickers Wellington bomber X3814 might have looked like. While searching in the web I wondered when Wellingtons had a camouflage with a black wavy upper end where it connects to the coloured part like in this image:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ington_Mk2.jpg

    or the other version with a straight black one like here:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...gtonBomber.jpg

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

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    Marcel

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    Marcel, Hi,
    CZ_RAF, on this forum, was doing some work on this very subject a year, or so, ago (we corresponded off-forum). I don't know what conclusions he came to, but it might be worth your while dropping him a PM?
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    thanks for your hint.

    Marcel

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    Marcel,

    Interesting insight in post #6 of the following thread:

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...tion-lines-why

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 25th September 2016 at 19:47.

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    That thread places an official end to the practice in April 1941, although it continued to be seen for some time. Michael JF Bowyer, in his seminal work Bombing Colours 1937-1973, states that it started in August 1940, when the black undersides were extended up the fuselage sides as a counter to searchlights,and considerable variation was seen. He also includes an example of the "tight" waved demarcation on a Wellington on September 6th 1941.

    PS he also states that it was well in to 1942 before the wavy line was not longer seen on twin-finned Manchesters.
    Last edited by Graham Boak; 25th September 2016 at 21:16.

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    Hi,

    thanks for all your hints and answers.

    Marcel

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