RAF Hampdens: question on paint scheme

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I have posted several pictures of 489 NZ Sqn Hampdens. I am trying to
gather information on why one Hampden (XA-Y) appears to be painted in
an 'ocean' grey and sky scheme, yet images of both earlier and later
Hampdens from the sqn show them in Green/Brown/Black schemes. (Of
course, the photo dates could be wrong...).
Can anyone shed any light on this matter, please? Was it a trial
scheme, as I have only ever seen this Hampden wearing it?
I am gathering info on the aircraft flown by 489 Sqn with the aim of
publishing a book on the topic... any data anyone can provide is most
welcome, esp. with regard to the Beauforts and Blenheims initially
operated by the sqn.

I managed to view several photos of the Mosquitos the sqn operated at
the end on WWII, so hope to publish some profiles soon.
Thanks very much,
Ian
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Ian
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Hi,
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I have posted several pictures of 489 NZ Sqn Hampdens. I am trying to gather information on why one Hampden (XA-Y) appears to be painted in an 'ocean' grey and sky scheme, yet images of both earlier and later Hampdens from the sqn show them in Green/Brown/Black schemes. (Of course, the photo dates could be wrong...).
Can anyone shed any light on this matter, please? Was it a trial scheme, as I have only ever seen this Hampden wearing it?
I am gathering info on the aircraft flown by 489 Sqn with the aim of publishing a book on the topic... any data anyone can provide is most welcome, esp. with regard to the Beauforts and Blenheims initially operated by the sqn. I managed to view several photos of the Mosquitos the sqn operated at the end on WWII, so hope to publish some profiles soon.
Thanks very much, Ian
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Ian
Hi Ian I would suspect that your idea is correct and that it was a trial scheme possibly a precursor to that worn by Beaufighters and Mosquitoes engaged in anti shipping duties.
Cheers Kev
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KEV OF BBA
The RAF museum at Hendon might have some information, you can check them out at
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Regards, BMC
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Brian Colwell
ISTR a SAM issue with Hampdens that had one painted this way. I'll try and dig it out of the archives tonight and check.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Mad-Modeller

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