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Introduction of the P-47M brought about a flamboyant change in unit paint schemes. The three squadrons all chose different schemes for their new mounts and these were applied to the top surfaces only. Undersides were left in bare metal, as were (usually) the wing and tailplane leading edges and canopy frames. 61st FS - red rudders, serials and letters with white outlines to the code letters. Topsides matt black. It is said that this finish took on a deep purplish/plum coloured tinge in sunlight but Lt. Russ Kyler disputes this. . 62nd FS - yellow rudders, codes and serial #s. Topside markings dark green and a lightish grey, possibly Sea Grey or Ocean Grey in various patterns, field applied so that no two were the same 63rd FS - topsides 2-tone blue, similar to Azure Blue and Dark Mediterranean Blue. Rudders and serials sky blue, code letters silver with (usually) thin black outlines. Note that some P-47Ms had fin fillets and wing pylons ex-factory; the early ones were retrospectively field-fitted.

Artwork by Nick King

 

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