By Geoffrey G. Pentland
Airplane and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945
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I. \ . '- \ 35 . 3 Squadron in the early days when equipped with Tomahawk aircraft. Preparing Australian Wellington "X", LA 972 of No. 458 Squadron at Bizerta in 1943. Note radar equipment and black undersurfaces. Fitters work on a DH-86 of No. V. in Tunis. Bombing up a Wellington XIV of No. 458 Squadron, 1943. Modifications to this model consisted of a Leigh Light and radar equipment for the detection of enemy submarines. Two Baltimores, "T", AH 157 and "0", AH 158 of No. 454 Squadron. Note the absence of underwing roundels.
451 Squadron at Corsica in 1944 before the squadron was transferred to assist in the final operations of the war in Europe. High altitude blue fighterreconnaissance finish, nonstandard insignia and outlined white squadron codes are all noteworthy features. Wellington XIV "Q", HF 278 of 458 Squadron takes off on a patrol over the Mediterranean from the aerodrome at Bone, North Africa. ;;- 41 Aircrew of No. 459 Naval Co-operation Squadron before taking off on a mission over the Mediterranean, 1942.
Training aircraft carried the last two numbers of their serial in black or yellow on both· sides of the fuselage forward of the national markings. In the case of two or more aircraft with their last two numbers identical, the last three numbers were shown instead. C. Wirraways and Wackett Trainers, seen here under construction at the Fishermen's Bend plant in 1941. Wirraway production was so efficient that until the outbreak of war in the Pacific, plans were in hand to export several hundred to Great Britain.
Aircraft and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945 by Geoffrey G. Pentland