RAAF Vultee Vengeance Camo Question

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    Guys,

    Does anyone know what camo colors were used on the Northrop built Vultee Vengeances for the RAAF? Were they specfic colors for the RAAF, or were they USAAC/F colors?
     
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    G'day Vick, colours should be Foliage green/dark earth over sky blue. Code letters were either medium sea grey or white, some late war machines were simply foliage green over sky blue. Vengeances deployed to New Guinea would also have a white tail and wing leading edges as per my sig.
    Note the period pic below shows the Vengeance's delivered with the early war RAAF roundel of red/white/blue. Once in service the red was over painted with white.
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    ...what color do you think the XP-56 is in this photo taken from Gerald Baltzer's awesome (in my opinion) book? I was thinking that they used the paint they had around at the Northrop factory and used the stocks that they had for use on the Vengeance order. Sound logical? But was the US ones painted the same as the RAF (RAAF) ones? Any thoughts? Also, do you agree that the "Black Bullet" is in fact painted with 3 colors? 2 on top and one below?

    XP-56 wVengeance 1a.jpg
     
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    G'day Jim. AFAIK Vengeance's built for the RAF and USAAF at the Northrop factory came out in dark Earth (DuPont71-009),dark green (71-013) over light grey (71-021). I've seen a referance that examples built for the RAAF were painted in a close match to the Australian specified colours I mentioned in the post above. I have my doubts with this though as a number of aircraft were diverted from RAF stocks which would see them painted in the DuPont colours I've quoted here.
    With the pic you posted, my money would be one these DuPont colours.
     

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    Sweet! Thanks you, thank you vey much! :D
     
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    No worries Jim, hope it helps mate.
     
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