By Geoffrey G. Pentland

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

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Was thus the first Allied unit to engage the Japanese in the Pacific. F. F. squadrons could materially affect the ultimate end. Singapore surrendered on 15th February 1942 shortly after all possible aircraft and personnel had been evacuated. From Timor and Ambon the remnants of the Australian and some other Allied squadrons fought a short-lived rearguard action until withdrawn to the mainland. K. the following year. Further to the east, after spirited opposition from the Australian Army and Air Force, the Japanese advance had been retarded in the jungles of New Guinea.

Some variety was seen in the case of roundels, a red and blue type being used onWirraways and Beauforts before being discarded shortly afterwards due to recognition difficulties. The red circle was 2/5 of the diameter of the blue. No special size for roundels was quoted but the proportions for the more general red, white and blue variety were 1, 3 and 5 respectively. Where a yellow surround was used on fuselage sides (to contrast the roundel against the camouflage) the yellow circle was of the same width as the blue.

Basically all training aircraft were to be finished in overall yellow but the staggering quantities of yellow dope required caused a general shortage and it was sometimes months, if at all, before many aircraft could be repainted. F. dark earth and foliage green with aluminium doped undersurfaces. The seacraft scheme - seldom used - was dark sea grey and dark slate grey on the upper wings and hull with top surfaces of the lower wing dark sea grey and light sea grey. All undersurfaces were to be sky grey.

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