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Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the US Army Air Force in WWII European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations. Volume 4 of the Battle Colours series concludes the examination of USAAF combat insignia and aircraft tactical markings in the European Theatre during WWII. Covered within this work are the Ninth, Twelfth, and Fifteenth AAF’ s from the first to last combat operations by US air power in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. These operations were extensive and covered territory extending from the sands of North Africa to the heartland of Germany, and from the shores of French Morocco to the oil fields of Romania. Combat units covered include both Day and Night fighters, Bombers, Troop Transports, and Reconnaissance and Special Operations groups/squadrons.
All combat units assigned or attached to either of the three AAF’ s are covered within this work, utilizing over 1,123 full colour illustrations and wartime photographs. These depict every currently known AAF group/squadron insignia belonging to the Air Forces being examined. Included are both official and un-official combat insignia, in addition to many designs that were superseded by later images. Wartime photographs showing common applications of these unit insignia are interspersed throughout the text.
Aircraft tactical markings are depicted via original full colour illustrations, showing full and close-up profiles in addition to upper elevation views when appropriate.
All known Theatre airfield assignment locations and dates are detailed with colour area maps included within each respective units section, and are all fully indexed for ease of reference in the back of the book. Reader-friendly “Group Markings” and “Group/Squadron Code” visual indexes are also included to assist research into specific AAF units.
Additional topics addressed include the evolution of US AAC/AAF national markings, combat mission markings, and basis airframe nomenclature.
Those familiar with Volume 3 of this series (which deals exclusively with the Ninth USAAF) may wonder initially whether the inclusion of the Ninth in this current work is a rehash of material covered in Volume III. It is not! Volume IV deals with the same subject matter, but at an earlier period of the Ninth AAF’ s deployment in the MTO, prior to redeployment of this unit to the UK, from which point Volume III picks up.
  • AUTHOR: Watkins, R
  • FORMAT: 144pp 250 col/Bw Hb
  • Code: 24432

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