Friday, August 12, 2016

three umbrellas = top cover sorties completed, the eight top hats and sticks = bomber escort missions and the ten brooms = fighter sweeps."

http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/p-38-lightning/p-38j-lightning-serial-42-67449-miss-mass-of-the-367th-fg/

 Umbrellas, tophats and walking sticks, and brooms?
thanks to Steve! I learned this: From "VIII Fighter Command at War: ‘Long Reach’" by Michael O'Leary":

 "Reading the aircraft's mission log, three umbrellas denote a trio of top cover sorties completed, the eight top hats and sticks symbolize bomber escort missions (as do the bomb symbols) and the ten brooms [are for] fighter sweeps."


http://history.blogs.delaware.gov/2015/09/03/world-war-ii-mission-symbols/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/5858505264/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/5855924480/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/5855231045/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4848580062/


The ice cream cones represent raids on Italian targets and the key indicates the aircraft’s 21st operation.

https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/bombs-painted-on-side-of-bombers.36554/


the goose stepping men symbols represent troop straffing missions, and behind his head are 2 trucks representing troop carriers


https://www.flickr.com/photos/133697406@N05/18817205955/

P 38 in the med
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133697406@N05/18630149668/


50 photograph missions over North Korea, the only photo mission symbols I've seen (thanks Steve!)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/123114342@N04/23386682025/in/pool-435090@N22/

4 comments:

  1. To the rescue my friend!

    Umbrella - top cover mission
    Top hat and cane (something that look like wrench from far) - fighter escort mission
    Broom - fighter sweep mission

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    1. While I was busy finding more cool photos, you nice readers were answering my questions! Thanks! I added several more photos of the variety of symbols in the past couple hours

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  2. The umbrella was overhead protection mission for ground forces. The broom was a "sweeping" mission on ground targets. The wrench is actually a top-hat and cane for escort missions.

    http://history.blogs.delaware.gov/2015/09/03/world-war-ii-mission-symbols/

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    1. While I was busy finding more cool photos, you nice readers were answering my questions! Thanks! I added several more photos of the variety of symbols in the past couple hours

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