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    Default Bomb symbols on Bomber Command aircraft.

    Was there an official criteria for the recording of the missions flown by an aircraft or was it decided at Sqn level?

    I have seen red and yellow bomb symbols used on aircraft, I believe red was for night ops and yellow for daylight ops.

    Were any other colours used to denote other targets/Ops?

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    I don't know about 'official' but there was also ice cream cones for Italian targets and a key to denote the 21st Op to name 2 which spring to mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Fell View Post
    I don't know about 'official' but there was also ice cream cones for Italian targets and a key to denote the 21st Op to name 2 which spring to mind

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    I was aware of the ice cream cones for Italian targets but I have not heard of the key before. I have also seen what looks like a brush in other photos, what ever that may denote?

    It's mainly the colour of the bombs I'm curious about, I saw a wartime photo of the Lancaster 'Phantom of the Ruhr' last night and the bombs appear to be painted in three different colours, of course it could be the lighting or quality of the photo that gives this impression.

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    According a couple of sources, including the BBMF old page, the Phantom of the Ruhr had yellow for "ordinary" missions, red for missions to Berlin, ice cream for Italy

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    Last edited by Amrit; 5th April 2009 at 23:11. Reason: typo

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    Thanks Amrit

    I'm coming to the conclusion that it varied from Sqn to Sqn as to what the significance was between colours.

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    Not just colours but symbols. Quite a variety infact:

    http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/noseartnlsfull.html
    http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/noseartcwm.html

    I do particularly like the use of hearts

    http://www.lancastermuseum.ca/noseartcwm2.html

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    Hi all,

    as far as I know it depends on the ground crew of the particular plane who the bomb symbol looks like and what color was used.
    It is thje same case as with victories of fighter on their planes - different symbols, different colors.

    I also think that these symbols were not official so there was no official criteria.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thanks Amrit and Pavel.

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