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Re: HMS Illustrious WW2
Yes, looking at my original, it's definitely a Fulmar. 806 Squadron embarked on Illustrious with 3 sections of Skuas (9) and one section of Fulmars (3). After Illustrious returned to the Clyde on 28th July, 806 was fully equipped with Fulmars.
The photo on P88 of Stuart Lloyd Fleet Air Arm Camouflage and Markings: Atlantic and Mediterranean Theatres 1937-1941 (Stamford: Dalrymple & Verdun, 2008) shows what appears to be a Fulmar on Illustrious' deck just for'd of the island. The photo was definitely taken in Bermuda, and is captioned as 5 July 1940
Further to the reply about her at Bermuda, be aware she also had a double false bow wave at that time and carried only Swordfish and Skuas.
When Illustrious was first commissioned she was painted in overall grey. My question is did she receive her airwing before the camouflage scheme was applied. I am asking because l would like to build the model before the camo was applied and need to know if it would be appropriate to have the planes on deck.
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