I am enquiring about the colour scheme carried by the Mk IV Blenheims of 489 Sqd RNZAF operated over the short period of Jan – Apr 1942.
Considering their RAF source(143 Sqd) and area of operation I assume this would consist of the Temperate Sea scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Gey upper surfaces and ‘Sky’ undersufaces, but suspect an earlier scheme of upper surfaces dark green / dark earth perhaps? Also what particular ‘Grey’ were the codes carried?
I would think that as they flew them for a little less than 4 months they probably retained their previous units scheme, repainting an entire aircraft is quite some undertaking as all the control surfaces have to come off and be rebalanced after painting, a possibility if the aircraft is undergoing 2nd line servicing but hardly something you would do as part of normal maintenance. Assuming they had 12 aircraft or so they would have basically be having to paint one a week which isnt really feasible if they are to keep their operational strength up.
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