9 SEPTEMBER 1943

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Can anyone expand on this? = Tim
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D-Day was June the 6th 1944. Actually that was Operation Overlord. Every operation has a D-Day and an H-Hour. When planning an operation it cannot be certain exactly when it will start. So if troops are to embark the day after the operation starts that will be D+1. If a bombardment is to start one hour after the operation begins it will be H+1.That way if the start of the operation is delayed for three hours there will be no confusion about what time the bombardment should take place. In this case the operation is Operation Starkey. The sketches show the special markings that were applied that have some resemblance to those applied on 6th June 1944 but are not the same. They are often confused with Operation Overlord. Operation Starkey was an attempt to fool the Germans into thinking an invasion was to take place and see how they reacted. It was not very successful. Put Operation Starkey into your search engine and you will find plenty of information about it.
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Just brilliant! All these years to find the answer. As you can see, we didn't think much of it on the day. Typical - my whole tour on Typhoons & no engagement. = Tim

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I think the idea was to get the Luftwaffe into a fight but they didn't fall for it and didn't make much of a show hence the disapointment. You can understand why, they must have put a lot of effort into the operation.

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Just brilliant! All these years to find the answer. As you can see, we didn't think much of it on the day. Typical - my whole tour on Typhoons & no engagement. = Tim
And brilliant from you too, Tim. I've wondered for a long time how the Typhoon squadrons applied these markings over their existing under-wing identity stripes, as no photographs ever came to light. Thanks to your your sketch we now know - just added on top - so virtually the whole underside of the wing became black and white stripes! Original diagram for application of the stripes attached. Chris
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Hi All, Sorry for the bump from the depths,I missed it in 2013. and was just doing some starkey research and found it. A question On Tims drawing of the underwing :- there is a stripe with 'dots' in it as opposed to the way the black stripes are indicated with lines. any ideas on what this signifies ? is it the original typhoon underwing stripes cheers jerry
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Hi All, Sorry for the bump from the depths,I missed it in 2013. and was just doing some starkey research and found it. A question On Tims drawing of the underwing :- there is a stripe with 'dots' in it as opposed to the way the black stripes are indicated with lines. any ideas on what this signifies ? is it the original typhoon underwing stripes cheers jerry
Can't think what the dots were - not actual markings I'm sure. Tim