Photo: IVM


Photo: sbírka Zdeňka Hurta

Photo: IVM

Spitfire Mk. Vb BM324 GW-S flown by commanding officer of No. 340 (French) Squadron S/Ldr Bernard Duperier in the beginningg of June 1942 at Biggin Hill .

Spitfires Mk. Vb of No. 310 Squadron at Redhill airport in the beginning of June 1942. Noses of all

Spitfires are marked by quick identification white stripes. The propeller spinners of No. 310 Squadron

Spitifires remained in Sky color, contrary to the official orders .

This photo shows, how were the identification stripes painted. Personnel

first drew their outlines in chalk, as seen on this Hurricane XP-P from

No. 318 (Polish) Squadron.

Photo: Karel Beinhauer; sbírka Radima Vojty

Possible appearance of Mrazek’s Spitfire Mk. Vb EN765 „KM“ from the period of June 1-June 7, 1942, when he

led both No. 310 and No. 312 Squadrons from Redhill aerodrome for the operation Rutter (which was ultimately

cancelled and replaced by the operation Jubilee). On this occasion, the quick identification white stripes were

applied on the Spitfires‘ upper engine cowlings and horizontal tail surfaces.

W/Cdr Karel Mrazek in the cockpit of his first personal mount, Spitfire Mk. Vb EN765 „KM“ at the Exeter airport in June 1942. Note the fresh camouflage Dark Green and Ocean Gren

paints on the engine cowling. It was the overpaint of the temporary quick identification white markings for the operation Rutter.

INFO Eduard - November 2021