By Andrew Thomas
The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) served with contrast in each theater of struggle all through international conflict II. From its poorly outfitted beginnings - it begun the struggle with few compatible, glossy, carrier-born combatants - to the ultimate campaigns over the japanese domestic islands, the FAA proved a good struggling with strength anywhere it went. determined motion over Malta and the Mediterranean in the course of 1940-42, within the Indian and Pacific Oceans over Sumatra, the Atlantic battles and Artic Convoys, and the invasion of Okinawa, have been just a few of the recognized and poor activities they took half in. FAA Pilots, regardless of the preliminary negative apparatus, had the excellence of being chargeable for either the 1st, and final, enemy airplane to be shot down through the battle. that includes first-hand debts, wrestle reviews, pictures from deepest collections, and an array of colour plates depicting the diversity of profiles and symbolic markings that have been used, this e-book will element the heritage and wrestle stories of those forgotten pilots who served with such contrast for the Allied reason.
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This battalion used both white and yellow paint for these markings, depending on what was available. 2: M4A3 MEDIUM TANK, COMPANY A, 4TH TANK BATTALION, IWO JIMA, FEBRUARY 1945 The 4th Tank Battalion had an energetic program to upgrade their tanks with appliqué armor and other improvements prior to the Iwo Jima landings, based on their combat experiences in the Marianas. Both the precise layout of the armor appliqué as well as the subsequent camouﬂage and markings varied between the three companies.
2: M4A3 MEDIUM TANK, 6TH TANK BATTALION, OKINAWA, JUNE 1945 The 6th Tank Battalion started the Okinawa campaign with some of its tanks ﬁnished in overall olive drab, sometimes with sprayed patterns of black. As the campaign wore on, additional spare track was welded to the hull and turret for added protection. The battalion had an elaborate markings scheme. Platoons were identiﬁed by geometric shapes: square (1st), circle (2nd), diamond (3rd), and triangle (4th); headquarter elements had their own symbols including a heart for the battalion HQ company, and a shamrock for the company HQ.
This was a critical feature for the Marine tankers since they generally operated “buttoned-up” because One of the more curious contraptions used by the 4th Tank Battalion on Iwo Jima was this flail tank intended to sweep mines. It was designed by Gunnery Sergeant Sam Johnson of C Company based on photos of the British Crab flail tanks. The rig was mounted on a worn-out M4A2 tank named Joker that had served with the company on Kwajalein and Saipan and it is shown here during trials prior to the Iwo Jima landing.
Royal Navy Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas