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Re: What about the Red -White Stripes on tail?
Those rudder stripes were very brief. They were only authorized from January 5th, 1942 to May 15th, 1942. In other words... They were not present at Pearl Harbor, and they were gone after Coral Sea...before Midway. Only a few months. Naturally, there was some time needed to comply after each of those dates, but it would not have been too excessive. "Late January '42 to late May, '42."
How long after start war before they were painted out?
In October,1941 the navy ordered it's carrier groups and shipboard seaplanes to be painted
with the bottom painted flat Light Gray and above
painted flat Blue Gray .Aircraft marking were changed from flat white paint to flat black paint.
On a side note the Lexington air group kept it aircraft marking flat white until the Lexington sank at the Battle of Coral Sea. The demarification line between the two paints on the planes was supposed to be a slightly wavy yet photos of real planes give the impression the demarification line seemed to be a straight line.
Pardon me if Iíve asked before, or this has been answered somewhere else, but on November 28, 1941, when the Enterprise left for Wake Island, and December 5, 1941, when the Lexington left for Midway, how were their air groups painted?
Thanks as always!
West Chicago, IL
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