Freightdog 1/72 RAF SEAC Insignia 1943-46
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High quality silk screen printed A5 decal sheet. SEAC Insignia were introduced from late 1943, due to the problems associated with British and Indian aircraft in the Far East being mistaken for Japanese types. It was decided to replace the dull red in the roundel centres with a pale blue colour consisting of a mix of four parts white to one part roundel blue. Sizes where standardised for smaller, medium and larger sized types (16in, 32in and 48in roundels), with some non-standard sizes carried on all sizes of aircraft. The markings where adopted by RAF and Indian aircraft from September 1943, but not by the Fleet Air Arm.
The appendix to Air Force Order (India) No.70/44 dated April 1944 lists the various types classed as small, medium and large. Small aircraft types (carrying 16in roundels normally in six positions, and 16x24in fin flashes as standard) including the Auster, Argus, Audax, Battle, Defiant, Fox Moth, Gipsy Moth, Hart, Harvard, Hurricane, Leopard Moth, Lysander, Miles Falcon, Mohawk, Moth Minor, moth Major, Piper Cub, Percival Gull, Puss Moth, Proctor, L-5 Sentinel, Spitfire, Thunderbolt, Vega Gull and Yale. Medium types (carrying 32in roundels and 22x24in fin flashes) include Anson, Beaufighter, Beaufort, Blenheim, Dominie, Dragonfly, Lockheed 12A, Lodestar, Mosquito, Valentia and Vengeance. Large types (carrying 48in roundels and 34x24in fin flashes) include Catalina, DC-2, Dakota, Halifax, Hudson, Lancaster, and Liberator, Photo reconnaissance Mitchell, Warwick, Wellington and York. Some types mentioned above where civil aircraft impressed in India. Under-wing roundels where normally only carried by fighter and communications aircraft although there where exceptions.
Non-standard sizes often applied to types already in theatre before June 1943, where original roundels where over-painted on the upper wings. Examples include Hurricanes with 35in, Mosquitos with 54in, Beaufighters with 63in and Dakotas with 66.5in roundels. These sizes are all included on the sheet.
SEAC roundels continued to be carried in the immediate post-war period by RAF operational units throughout the Far East, gradually superseded by Type D markings in 1947.