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Old 25th August 2005, 14:53
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Re: 8AF 9AF band markings on P47 43-44

Mark:

The tail bands stayed on for some time as post-D-Day photos attest. However, the nose bands started disappearing in early 1944 when groups started wearing colors, like the 4th in red and the 352nd in blue. In many groups this coincided with the switch to the P-51, although the 78th and others started using cowl decorations on their P-47s. I am sure there was a "post-appearance" authorization order somewhere.
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