I've been thoroughly reading the P-47 articles in the past two SAMi's
and one thing struck me. The 56th FG seems to have been very inventive
in their use of paint. I get the feeling that no P-47 in the group was
plain ol' Olive Drab over Neutral Grey.
How'd they work around Army regs like that?
Bill Banaszak, MFE
In the Spring of 1944 the U.S. Army Air Force decided that camouflage
wasn't really worth the weight and cost and hassle of painting and did
away with it. When all these bright metal aircraft began arriving in
Europe not all unit commanders agreed. The 56th was a "Hot Outfit" and
it's commanders were able to get away with quite a bit, but even some of
the other groups did some painting. When U.S. paints were no longer
available in the supply system resourceful supply and maintenance
officers did some artful trading with their R.A.F. counterparts which is
why some units ended up painted with British colors.
Some people still insist that "Gabby: Gabreski's last P-47 was in
British Ocean Gray and Dark Green. Let the arguments begin.....