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Re: HMS Glowworm in Norway 1940 colour question
Note that recent research indicates that AP507A and AP507B (or "507A" and "507B" if you prefer
) were the same shade, just differing in the inclusion or otherwise of enamel in the formula.
Thanks, for the link. That last picture clearly showed Glowworm in AP507c upperworks and AP507B hull. The hull is too light for AP507A. Ironically, I am also working on Flyhawk's HMS Legion which called for AP507C upperworks/AP507A hull. I saw a picture of Legion leaving Malta and her hull is definitely dark grey, almost black, so Flyhawk was on the ball!
Glowworm's colour scheme has been debated before on the "other site". The consensus, based upon the series of photos taken of Glowworm's last action through Hipper's range-finder, is that she wore the dark hull light upperworks (AP507B/AP507C?) scheme common on Mediterranean Fleet destroyers just before, and into the first few months of, the war. A couple of these photos, plus some artists' impressions of unknown accuracy, are online at https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/that-time-a-nazi-captain-recommended-a-british-captain-for-the-victoria-cross
. By 1940, it's quite possible that the AP507A had been changed to AP507A (same shade, without the enamel).
Incidentally the RN did not have destroyer squadrons at this period - although Glowworm joined the 22nd Destroyer Flotilla in November 1939, she returned to the 1st Destroyer Flotilla in March 1940 after her collision repairs.
I pulled out the recently released HMS Glowworm by IBG in 1/70tth scale. The directions show her in AP507 with neutrality colors in the gun shield. Until October 1939, she was in the Med which would be appropriate for serving in that theater. When she was transferred to the 22nd Destroyer Squadron for service in the North Sea and later Norway, was she still in AP507C? I was thinking that AP507B would be more appropriate. Which would be the right colors for her final VC battle with Hipper?
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