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RAF Ground Support Vehicle Camo Schemes?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:00 am
by oozeboss
My paltry contribution to the Asian-Pacific themed Chain of Command Spektarkle at Cancon 2019 is to be the provision of a table and scenario themed around an attack on an airstrip. This was a recurring theme throughout this conflict, but although I'm simplifying the terrain into something of a cliche (in order to making it visually and to a degree, tactically interesting), I'm basing the scenario that I am designing on the two assaults on Palel airfield during the Battle of Imphal in 1944 (the Indian National Army attacked it on 28 April - but none of the five accounts I have found of that assault actually agree on what happened - and then a raiding party from the 213th IJA Regiment succeeded in blowing up 9 planes in early July).

I have built a British CMP truck, a Willys Jeep, an Albion 3-Point Fueller, and three aircraft tender trolleys (an Oil Bowser, a Trolley Accumulator, & an Ammunition Trolley) but would prefer to paint them in theater appropriate camouflage. Does anybody know what colours the RAF/ Royal Indian Air Force used on their ground hugging vehicles in 1944/ 45?

Re: RAF Ground Support Vehicle Camo Schemes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:26 pm
by Captain Darling
Good question, I tried Mr Google...scroll down to Far East RAF hope this helps...

https://www.mafva.org/british-vehicle-c ... e-1939-45/

Re: RAF Ground Support Vehicle Camo Schemes?

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:51 pm
by Captain Darling
This is the relevant section for April...
September 1943: AMO A891/43; basic colour is still Brown Special No.2 but now with Black Matt S.C.C. No.14 application to M.T.P. 46/4A. This remains the scheme until 1944.
And for July...
8 June 1944: AMO A519/44; changes the basic colour to ‘Olive Drab’ with Black Matt S.C.C. No.14 disrupter to M.T.P. 46/4A. However a September AMO A/897 dispenses with the Black disrupter and vehicles will now be in the basic colour only. Many R.A.F. vehicles not used on airfields such as on radar and signal sites did not carry any sort of disruptive painting, they remained the plain basic colour throughout their lives. Those with the 2nd Tactical Air Forces MT service commando columns were generally in full camouflage patterning.

This scheme remains until April 1946 with AMO A302/46, when a reversion to pre-war colours and finishes was introduced, the colours both now full gloss BS.33 R.A.F. Blue Grey with gloss Black wings (mudguards) and valences.

Re: RAF Ground Support Vehicle Camo Schemes?

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:48 am
by oozeboss
Excellent.

Thank you.