World Aircraft Roundels

NOTES: Keeping track of all the different allied air forces flying around became a tricky problem by 1942; with a lot of nervous pilots shooting at each other. The Germans proposed a unified allied insigna system, of course, using variations of the Balkans Cross. This did not go over too well with the other allies. However, the other part of their proposal, using yellow on the engine cowlings, wingtips and around the national markings was accepted.

NOTES II: In OTL, the Germans actually did try this, this is why the Hungarian insigna is a Balkankreuz negative image.

FRANCE

French Roundel until May 1942

French Roundel from May 1942 to the Present Day

French Naval Aviation Roundel until May 1942.

French Naval Aviation Roundel From May 1942 onwards.

POLAND

This was the Polish Air Force's insigna from it's founding to the Spring of 1942.

The Yellow band was added around the markings of all allied air forces to ease identification in May 1942.

GREAT BRITAIN

Type A1 roundel, with broad yellow border, introduced in 1938. The yellow border was necessary to improve the contrast, when used on camouflaged aircraft, for a better and quicker identification.

C-type roundel. In order to lessen the conspicuousness of the national insignias, the width of the white stripe, almost equal to the other in the A type, is reduced on the C type. This was introduced during 1941, but saw little service, being used mainly on aircraft serving in the British Isles.

Type C1 roundel, with yellow border. First appeared on combat units in May 1942.

Roundel used on the aircraft under command of the SEAC (South East Asia Command) instead of the normal RAF roundel to avoid confusion with the Japanese "meatball".

UNITED STATES

Roundel used from 1917 to 1942 on the american aircraft.

After Peal Harbor attack on the December 7th, 1941, and the declaration of war between the United States and the Japan, the red center, source of confusion with the red disc of the japanese Hinomaru, the japanese roundel, is deeted.

As did the Royal Air Force, the USAAF adopted a thin yellow border around its roundels, this becoming a caractéristic of the allied air forecs. A thicker border was used during some times in the Pacific theater, the roundels being painted in big size at the six classical positions, after some identifications errors.

Experimental Variant tested in Mid-1943; was quickly abandoned as from a distance, the "Bars" resembled the "wings" on a Drakian Dragon.

UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS

VVS Markings Prior to May 1942; used on Light Colored Camouflage Schemes

VVS Markings Prior to May 1942; used on Dark Colored Camouflage Schemes

VVS Markings Used after May 1942.

SPAIN

Used on Spanish aircraft until May 1942.

Used on Spanish aircraft after May 1942 to the End of the war.

ITALY

Used on Italian aircraft until May 1942.

Used on Italian aircraft after May 1942 to the End of the war.

IRELAND

Used on Irish aircraft until May 1942.

Used on Irish aircraft after May 1942 to the End of the war.

GERMANY

German Marking until May 1942

German Marking after May 1942

HUNGARY

Hungarian Markings until May 1942. Were found on the wingtips and tails.

Hungarian Markings after May 1942.Were found on the wingtips and tails.

RUMANIA

Rumanian Markings until May 1942.

Rumanian Markings after May 1942.

TAIPING CHINA

Taiping Markings until May 1942.

Taiping Markings after May 1942.

GREECE

Greek Markings Until May 1942.

Greek Markings After May 1942.

Greek Naval Markings Until May 1942.

Greek Naval Markings After May 1942.

KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM

Markings of the small number of KoJ aircraft which formed their Air Force in 194x

DOMINATE OF DRAKIA

Drakian Marking for the period from 1920 to 1941; it was a very wonderful and complex pattern which required many stencil runs to complete.

Drakian Marking for the 1941 to 1943 period. Much of the complex shading is gone, and the Shield of the Dominate has been simplified to eliminate a final stencil run.

Drakian Marking for the 1943 to 1948 period.The Head, Claws, and Shield are gone, despite the protests of older line elements in the Drakian Military who objected to removing the key symbols of the Dominate from military vehicles, but were overruled by photographic analysis that showed that the most recognizable feature of the Dominate's marking were the "wings" which could easily be distinguished from all other markings at a distance.

Alternate Marking for 1943 to 1948 Period, utilizing the "ghost outline" of the Drakian Dragon's wings, became more and more popular as the war ground on and being easily identifiable as a Drakian aircraft became dangerous.