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David E. Brown

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    Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Luftwaffe camouflage and markings focusing on mid- to late-war fighters, bombers and nightfighters especially the evolution of colours and their use. Aircraft such as the Fw 190, Bf 109, Me 262, Ju 88 G-series, Ju 87 G series, He 219, Hs 129.

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  1. CR and George, I have an image is of the machine in question: Do217N-1, "D5+FM", 4./NJG3, pos. WNr.51462, in-flight, Denmark 1943. Lord knows where it was sourced from. I cannot post here as I do not use a hosting service but can send via email. Drop me a PM above. Obviously it is a rather scruffy looking aircraft and probably an early N-1 based on the old B1-style fuselage Balkenkreuz. Though the image is poor, some thoughts can be extended regarding its camouflage. It was originally painted with RLM76 undersides and fuselage side, and solid RLM75 uppersurfaces. This
  2. Gents, Way back in 2002 I posted the following on Hyper-Scale in response to a similar question: Based on a comparison of the style and dimensions of the aircraft's number with other known JG 6 Fw 190 As and Ds, and the location of this aircraft and the others after the war, JG 6 is the best unit match. Furthermore, JG 2’s machines invariably wore the yellow/white/yellow tailband whereas JG 6 did not. "White 16's" camouflage and markings were the same as other late-production 500000-Werknummerseries Doras built by Mimmetal at Erfurt. The well-known colour p
  3. Glad to help. Looking forward to seeing the completed model. D.
  4. Werdna, I am working on an article for Morten Jesson and Andrew Arthy’s “Air Warfare” on Steinhoff’s Me 262 and his last flight. Hopefully it will be completed and published in the first half of 2021. Dave, thanks for the kind words! Cheers, David,
  5. Gents, The Allied Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report 255 of 10 October 1944 indicates this aircraft’s markings as follows: “Works No.180404, 3E+HK. (‘H’ outlined in red). Call sign DR+JD”. So, the Verbandkennzeichen was probably RLM 77 with the ‘H’ outlined in red (for the 2. Staffel). Best, David
  6. This machine – “3E+HK”, WNr.180404 of 2./KG 6 – was a well photographed aircraft found abandoned at Brussels-Melsbroek in September 1944. From some of the better images one can discern a demarcation line near the top of the fuselage side. Hence, this would support the fuselage and wing upper surfaces as being in the standard pattern of RLM 70 Schwarzgrün and RLM 71 Dunkelgrün. Undersides and the tail (rudder and vertical stabilizer) are RLM 22 Schwarz, over which are sprayed large patches of the almost white version of RLM 76 Weissblau. Note that the port wing has a single colour,
  7. My colleagues at JaPo and I included information on this aircraft in our 2010 book "Luftwaffe Over Czech Lands - 1945 Volume III: Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG and KG(J) Units". Unfortunately this book is long out of print. Regarding your questions, only one photo of the machine is known and taken at Saaz (Žatec) airfield in May 1945. Through comparison of its markings with those of other units (and their Me 262 B-1a trainers) we believe it was assigned to III./KG(J) 6. Its camouflage scheme is very similar to another Me 262 B-1a of which there are a number of photographs. This ai
  8. Gents, I welcome this thread and the diligence of fellow enthusiasts in seeking original source information to validate a long-and oft-published profile of “B3+PM” of 4./KG 54: 56 years from 1964 when it was first published by Karl Ries Jr. (1963). Obviously he drew upon a photo that could have been in his collection and not published in any of his books, or, it appeared in a book / magazine published prior to 1963 (perhaps in Germany). Like others, I have not found an image of it in any of the publications noted above nor others in my files. Regarding its camouflage a
  9. Neil, Thanks for the kind words. With respect to the colour profiles in Claes' book illustrating the use of RLM 83 Dunkelblau, these subjects were based on examination of photos of the respective aircraft coupled with other datasets. An important clue is the fact that these aircraft all have a single uppersurface colour over which was applied one or two additional contrasting colours. These observations were combined with new knowledge of this colour that includes photos of aircraft parts painted in this blue shade, official reports (e.g. AI2g), narrative information, etc. Though
  10. my mistake. This aircraft was one of two Me 262s that landed at Innsbruck-Reichenau, a few kilometers east of the temporary airfield at Hötting where all other JV 44 Me 262s landed and were dispersed. Note that the machine was previously with III.EJG 2 operating from Lechfeld, with the white `8`on the nose and narrow yellow fuselage band behind the cockpit. Cheers, David
  11. Gents, The above machine is Me 262 A-1 "White 8 S", WNr.500492 of JV 44 found at Innsbruck-Hötting, Austria in early May 1945. The camouflage (overall thin application RLM 82 with large mottles of RLM 81) and markings (simple in-outlined hakenkreuz) styles are diagnostic of machines from the 500xxx werknummer series. Other photos confirm its werknummer. Cheers, David
  12. The main wing undersides were left unpainted with visible puttied seams. Undersides of the engine nacelles, fuselage, and horizontal stabilizers were finished in RLM 76, or, its approximate equivalent(s). Consult photos of the subject machine for details. Cheers, David
  13. BTW, RLM 83 - "Dunkelblau RLM 83" - is now confirmed as a dark blue martime colour for original use in the Mediterranean theatre probably alone as an uppersurface colour. In other situations, it was probably used to replace RLM 72 when used in conjunction with RLM 73. It was created https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998100-fw-190d-9-barkhorn-camo-scheme/&tab=comments#comment-2279223 The various dark green shades seen applied to late-war aircraft (when used in conjunction with RLM 82) is possibly the dark green shade of RLM 81. When used with RLM 75 other
  14. Thanks Dave, My comments on this and related machine is posted ten (10) threads below this one: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037398-raf-me262-colours/ David
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