3 September 1940


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)

9 September 1940


On 9/9 [1940] 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)

14 September 1940


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)

14 November 1940

JG 53 complained that in various Jagdgeschwader the yellow nose was no longer recognisable.

8 February 1942


From: Admiral Commanding North Sea Defences

In Area “A” of Luftflotte 3 own heavy fighters type Me 110 may be encountered. Characteristics: bellies painted yellow. Some with night camouflage without Maltese Cross.


ZIP/ZTPG/33316 A

This message was redrafted and transmitted on Channel and North Sea Coastal frequencies with TOO 2357/8. From this version (textually better in places) it appears that the aircraft wear yellow rings on their bellies. ZTPG/3316 should be amended accordingly.


24 September 1942


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.

14 September 1943

CX/MSS/3208/T33 (Time of origin 2350/14/9/43)

Addressed to Sea Rescue District HQ XI, Athens, signed Command of Ships and Boats of the GAF [General des Seewesens der Luftwaffe], Kiel, No. 3925/III R:

Ref. Employment of Shipping Camouflage Colours.

In accordance with directive of GAF General with C-in-C of the German Navy [General der Luftwaffe beim Oberbefehlshaber der Marine] No. 2627 of 10/9. the employment of all reddish and violet camouflage colours is to cease forthwith, as it has been ascertained that this entails further danger at the greatest at the greatest distance.

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