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American Theater of Operations/Tactical Aircraft Markings

Discussion in 'Fighters' started by skybear45, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. skybear45

    skybear45 Member

    I'm looking for assistance in establishing the unit colors and codes
    utilized by AAF Combat (vs. Training) units in the ATO during WWII.
    A list of the fighter groups being researched can be found below.

    Any help with this topic will be much appreciated.

    1stFtrGp
    14thFtrGp
    16thFtrGp
    20thFtrGp
    32dFtrGp
    36thFtrGp
    37thFtrGp
    48thFtrGp
    50thFtrGp
    53dFtrGp
    54thFtrGp
    55thFtrGp
    56thFtrGp
    58thFtrGp
    59thFtrGp
    80thFtrGp
    83dFtrGp
    84thFtrGp
    85thFtrGp
    86thFtrGp
    87thFtrGp
    326thFtrGp
    327thFtrGp
    328thFtrGp
    329thFtrGp
    332dFtrGp
    339thFtrGp
    358thFtrGp
    362dFtrGp
    369thFrtGp
    372dFtrGp
    402dFtrGp
    404thFtrGp
    406thFtrGp
    407thFtrGp
    408thFtrGp
    412thFtrGp
    473dFtrGp
    478thFtrGp


    Thanks.
    Bob Watkins
     
  2. tjms50

    tjms50 New Member

    404th FG: 506th FS, " K4"/ yellow / 507th FS, " Y8" / red (poss. green), 508th FS, "J7" / blue
     
  3. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    372nd FG -- February 1945

    372nd FG 44-7075.JPG
     
  4. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    344th AAFBU - La Punta AAF

    344 AAFBU a.JPG 344 AAFBU ab.JPG 344 AAFBU ac.JPG 344 AAFBU ad.JPG
     
  5. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    326th FG / 339th FS - January 1944 - 42-8251 (side code: A-374)

    326th FG a.JPG 326th FG ab.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
  6. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    53rd FG / 14th FS - 42-24986 -- note 14th FS decal under cockpit... (side code: A 75)

    53rd FG 14th FS a.JPG
     
  7. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    83rd FG / 532nd FS (Dover AAF) 42-22384 (side code J28)

    83rd FG a.JPG 83rd FG ab.JPG
     
  8. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    338th FG / 306th FS - (Dal Marby AAF) - 42-25208 (side code: N40)

    338th FG a.JPG 338th FG ab.JPG
     
  9. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    338th FG / 305th FS - (Cross Key AAF) [March 1942] 41-6101 (side code: N72)

    338th FG b.JPG
     
  10. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    353rd FG / 352nd FS 41-6473 (Millville AAF) no side code, decal on cowling


    353rd FG a.JPG 353rd FG ab.JPG
     
  11. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    352nd FG / 21st FS - (Farmingdale Municipal) 41-6010 (side code 313)

    352nd FG a.JPG 352nd FG ab.JPG 352nd FG ac.JPG 352nd FG ad.JPG
     
  12. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    327th FG / 325th FS - (Richmond Municipal) 41-19948 - no side code / RAF finish (March 1943)

    327th FG a.JPG
     
  13. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    327th FG / 325th FS - (Richmond Municipal) 41-14147 - no side codes - March 1943

    327th FG b.JPG 327th FG bb.JPG
     
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  14. skybear45

    skybear45 Member

    Thanks for your posting.
    The 404thFtrGp used the following tactical squadrons when assigned to the Ninth AF in the ETO:
    506thFtrSqdn - 4K
    507thFtrSqdn - Y8
    508thFtrsqdn - 7J

    For some reason the 507th reversed the application of the letter and numeral, but these were the codes assigned to each respective squadron while with the
    Ninth AF in Europe.

    Do you possibly have any information that would indicate that the codes you posted were from an earlier period when the 404thFtrGp served in the ATO?
     
  15. skybear45

    skybear45 Member

    Can't thank you enough for these images, they are precisely what I am looking for.
    It's pretty hard for anyone to argue with period photographs.
    If you come across any more like these they will be most welcome.

    Thanks again,
    Bob
     
  16. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member


    Patience young grasshopper........
     
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  17. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    74th Tac Rec Group / 22th Tac Rec Sq - (Goodman Field) - 42-106047 (Side Code: 56G )

    74th Tac Rec a.JPG 74th Tac Rec ab.JPG
     
  18. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    404th FG (B) / 506th FS (B) - (Myrtle Beach AAF) - 42-54381 (side code: F6 ) [A-24B]

    404th FG (B) a.JPG
     
  19. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    74th Tac Rec Group / 22th Tac Rec Sq - (Goodman Field) - 42-105490 (Side Code: 52G )

    74th Tac Rec b.JPG 74th Tac Rec bb.JPG
     
  20. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    85th FG (B) / 501st FS (B) - (Waycross AAF) - 43-24021 (Side code: V71 )

    85th FG (B) a.JPG 85th FG (B) ab.JPG
     

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