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Invasion Stripes

Invasion Stripes

In May 1944 the new marking scheme was approved by Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory. Thousands of aircraft were to be involved in the invasion so the distinctive stripes reduced the risk of being attacked by friendly forces. The stripes were painted only on fighters, PR aircraft, troop carriers and light bombers. As Operation Overlord progressed the stripes appeared only on the undersurfaces to avoid air attack whilst on the ground. Stripes were used again in later conflicts such as Korea and the operation in the Suez. This design features a weather worn insignia and Overlord stencil.

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