Aircraft and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945 by Geoffrey G. Pentland

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Plane and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945

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And Bar with his machine cv-v. F-O H. Jowett of No. 450 Squadron at Kairouan. This may well be OK-K, FR 479 shown on Page 35 but with the pilot's personal decoration added. 3 Squadron's Mustang III aircraft, believed to be ]-CY, KH 616, flown by W-O J. Quinn who was shot down by a Bf 109 on 26th December 1944. Note fin fillet for added directional stability and consequent pilot's leg comfort. Pilots of No. I Air Ambulance Unit in front of a DH-86 aircraft bearing the red cross over standard desert colour scheme.

Two of these three machines were destroyed a few days later by enemy action. Two P--40E Kittyhawks of No. 76 Squadron, marked "IF" and "IP" respectively, taxi out prior to take-off from Milne Bay. Soaking rain which turned the strip into a sea of mud can be seen falling in the distance. Note the non-standard identification markings. A British-built Beaufighter, LY-V of No. 30 Squadron howls away after take-off from Kiriwina, 1943. F. Beaufighter crews can be judged from this No. 30 Squadron casualty.

Dc-3s of No. 34 Squadron bearing the radio call-signs on tails and finished in olive drab patched with foliage green on upper surfaces with neutral grey below. The holes in the windows were made for hand-held guns. A Boston of No. 22 Squadron, DU-G A28-8 comes in to land after bombing and strafing Japanese installations at Gasmata. The Boston was a fine machine popular with its crews. Wg-Cdr C. Learmonth's "She's Apples", a Boston which set a mammoth world record of 186 operational sorties over enemy territory.

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