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Hey guys,

i've one question: Bot the P-51B Ace and the P-51C Escort have stripes on their wings. What does the white stripe on the Ace or the black stripe on the Escort means?

I've seen that the P-51s of the Tuskgee have yellow stripes.
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They are theater recognition markings, no different than the yellow noses on Luftwaffe fighters in Western Europe.  The Ace is in typical colors for early England-based Mustangs, mainly prior to Big Week (Winter 1943/'44).  The Escort is an England-based fighter from Spring 1944 onward.  White was easier to pick out against Olive Drab and Black was easy to see on Natural Metal.  By D-Day, most (but not ALL) USAAF fighter squadrons in Britain had switched to Natural Metal finishes mainly to speed delivery of replacement aircraft to operational status.

The Tuskeegee squadrons were Italy-based and that theater demanded yellow stripes.
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They are theater recognition markings, no different than the yellow noses on Luftwaffe fighters in Western Europe.  The Ace is in typical colors for early England-based Mustangs, mainly prior to Big Week (Winter 1943/'44).  The Escort is an England-based fighter from Spring 1944 onward.  White was easier to pick out against Olive Drab and Black was easy to see on Natural Metal.  By D-Day, most (but not ALL) USAAF fighter squadrons in Britain had switched to Natural Metal finishes mainly to speed delivery of replacement aircraft to operational status.

The Tuskeegee squadrons were Italy-based and that theater demanded yellow stripes.


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StephenBierce wrote:
They are theater recognition markings, no different than the yellow noses on Luftwaffe fighters in Western Europe.  The Ace is in typical colors for early England-based Mustangs, mainly prior to Big Week (Winter 1943/'44).  The Escort is an England-based fighter from Spring 1944 onward.  White was easier to pick out against Olive Drab and Black was easy to see on Natural Metal.  By D-Day, most (but not ALL) USAAF fighter squadrons in Britain had switched to Natural Metal finishes mainly to speed delivery of replacement aircraft to operational status.

The Tuskeegee squadrons were Italy-based and that theater demanded yellow stripes.


Good question Otto von Starkburg, and great answer StephenBierce. Thanks for sharing!
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Now, as said, they were theater-wide.  So if you are running a Free French force with a mix of Mustangs, Tempests and Thunderbolts, you can add the French roundels over the American Stars-and-Bars or British cockades and not worry about painting over the striping because the French planes had those stripes as well!


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