On 23/6 Luftlotte 2 ordered units in the command to use night protective paint or material (Nachtsichtschutzanstrich) when engaged in night flying. Luftgaue through the Luftzeug Gruppen are to provide the necessary materials. (A)
On 27/6 a very high authority in the GAF [German Air Force] urgently asked Luftflotte 3 for a report, based on experience about the new anti-visibility protective paint for night operations (Nachtsichtschutzanstrich), to be used by aircraft. (A)
On 13/7/40 source read part of a document allotting identification markings to the a/c of KG 55 as follows:
On 17/7 Luftflotte 3 was asked to provide a front-line long-range reconnaissance Staffel to try out new camouflage paint for reconnaissance a/c. (A)
On 25/7 an a/c in Würzburg was asked to bring to an unspecified place blue-grey paint for spraying lorries. (A)
Flieger Korps 5 warned all fighter and heavy-fighter formations as well as OC Flak that He 111 camouflaged for night operations also operate by day. The recognition-markings on sides of the a/c and on under side of wings are painted over in black; but on the upper side they are still clearly distinguishable. (A)
File note by Operations Officer, Luftwaffe Führungsstab
Washable night paint is rendered ineffective by clouds … To avoid impersonation of the recognition paint scheme [by the enemy] more frequent change is required.
On 31/8 Reconnaissance Group (H)41 are reported to have experienced difficulty in obtaining supplies of thinning for a/c varnish, and they put in a request to Fliegerkorps 4 for 150 kg of No. 7234.00 thinning, which was not available at the stores depot. (A)
III./ZG 76 are reported on 31/8 to be expecting a consignment of 100 kilograms of camouflage paint. (A)
Source saw a document issued at 1830/1 by LG Kdo. W. France for the benefit of Flak artillery groups, concerning markings on French civil and courier aircraft. These are to be: orange-yellow paint on wing-tips (top and bottom) and also on the end of the fuselage including the rudder, and sometimes, at a distance of 2 metres from the ends, blue-white-red tricolours (not in form of a cockade) on the upper and lower sides of the wing surfaces, around the end of the fuselage and on both sides of the rudder or rudders. (B)
On 9/9  OC Fighters issued orders to I./ZG 2 concerning the marking of “K a/c”, as follows:
(1) For fighters: yellow motor-nose, yellow rudder.
(2) For heavy fighters: white “Rumpfkanzel.”
The instructions stated further that it must be possible to paint these markings on a/c within half-an-hour, and that units were themselves to be responsible for obtaining golden-yellow, white, light-green and black paint. (A)
Source understands that “K a/c” in this connotation means fighter a/c temporarily in use for bombing purposes. (B)
On 14/9 1.(F)/123 asked technical HQ at Würzburg to paint the wings and fuselage of Ju 88 a/c (not known if more than one) of 1. Staffel black. they also wanted to know whether a/c W.Nr. 396 had reached Würzburg. (A)
JG 53 complained that in various Jagdgeschwader the yellow nose was no longer recognisable.
GAF Command East, Ops. IA (Op. 2) to all concerned in area Luftgaustab A on 24/9 :
German aircraft with irregular markings have recently been repeatedly oberserved in area of Luftwaffenkommando Ost. Some ambulance aircraft lacked the yellow ring round the fuselage and the yellow colouring of the wing tips. Under the red cross the white background was missing. Attention is drawn to the fact that fighters and Flak are free to fire at all types not bearing the regulation markings.
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