By Robert A Watkins
This 3rd quantity within the conflict shades sequence makes a speciality of the unit insignia and tactical plane markings of the ninth USAAF within the eu Theater of Operations in the course of international warfare II. All strive against components assigned to the 9th AAF within the united kingdom from 1943-45 are incorporated: fighter, troop service, bombardment, reconnaissance, evening fighter and liaison devices. Squadron fuselage codes and popularity colours are proven inside of their respective sections and contain maps with chronological directory and dates of every devices assigned stations. Camouflage paint schemes with diagrams displaying govt necessities for the legitimate placement of insignia and tactical markings for all significant USAAF strive against plane within the ETO also are lined.
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454 St. LambertAlF AAF Station A-II Strassfeld AlF AAF Station ~59 St. J\(~U WInO"r' / P-70 'NU,O'I'01\WU' 422d Night Fighter Sq adron: Insignia / Markings: Motto: unknown Sobriquet: unknown Campaign Streamers: Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe: Air Combat, EAME Theater Unit Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citation - Ardennes Salient, 16, 17,27, and 28 of December, 1944. Overseas Stations: No. 487 Charmy Down, Somerset; 7-Mar-44 No. 157. Following experiments conducted at Elgin Field in Florida it was recommended that this standard two-color paint scheme be replaced with gloss black for all aircraft conducting nighttime operations.
Unit Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 2l-0ct-44 and 20-Apr-45. Order of the Day, Belgium Army: 6-Jun-44 thru 30-Sep-44 and 16-Dec-44 thru 25-Jan-45. Belgian Fourragere. Overseas Combat Commanders: Col. Lance Call, l5-May-43 Col. Col. Robert C. 408 Beaulieu, Hampshire; 5-Mar-44 A-7 Azeville, Basse Normandie; 28-Jun-44 'IA_12 Lignerolles, Basse Normandie; 2-Jul-44 A-48 Bretigny, I1e-de-France; 3-Sep-44 A-68 Juvincourt, Champagne-Ardenne; l5-Sep-44 A-84 Chievres, Province de Hainaut; 4-0ct-44 Y-34 Mentz, Lorraine; 27-Dec-44 A-78 Florennes/Juzaine, Province de Namur; 30-Jan-45 Y-46 Aachen, Nordrhein-Westphalia; l6-Mar-45 Y-86 Fritzlar, Hessen; 13-Apr-45 1) recsmnaissance detachment only Group Insignia: officially replaced 6-0ct-54 Although not officially approved, the Hell Hawks group insignia was widely used within all three squadrons of this unit.
National Insignia on all surfaces. Article 2, section (a) of the SHAEF directive regarding the application oflnvasion, or D-Day Stripes, specifically exempted all Night Fighters from compliance with this directive. Interestingly, both the 422d and 425th NFS opted not to avail themselves ofthis exemption. Y-73 Coulommiers AlF AAF Station A-58 Verdun (Etain) AlF AAF Station A-82 (393) ProsnesAlF AAF Station A -79 59 , 60 The Troop Carrier pilots who flew countless sorties on behalf of the Allied war effort are deserving of much more praise than they have been accorded in post war histories.