Spitfire letters variations

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  1. zetland76

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    I have built a 1/10 scale PSS model of a Mark I Spitfire.
    The squadron letters on the side are usually "XT roundel M". But some aircraft in the same squadron have "N roundel XT" for example. I notice it isn't because of the side of the aircraft or the space available.
    Any explanation or was it the whim or the ground crew.

    Thanks

    Mike
     
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    Air Ministry Order A154/39 dated 27 April 1939, stated:

    1. It has been decided to adopt a standard system of identification
    marking on aircraft of operational squadrons throughout the service,
    at home and abroad, and on those items of equipment which
    are liable to be taken into the air.
    2. The system is to be adopted forthwith.
    3. No markings other than those described hereunder are to be permitted
    on operational units.
    Aircraft identification markings:
    Type of Marking: National Marking
    On the top surfaces of the wing tips: A blue ring surrounding a
    red centre
    On both sides of the fuselage: A blue ring surrounding a red centre
    On the lower surfaces of the wing tips: A blue ring surrounding a
    white ring and the latter surrounding a red centre
    Code Letters: (to indicate squadrons and individual aircraft)
    Two letters to indicate number of squadron: Either forward or aft
    of the national marking on both sides of fuselage.
    One letter to indicate individual aircraft: On the other side of the
    aircraft national marking on both sides of the fuselage.
    Aircraft number:
    The Air Ministry letter and number allocated to the aircraft: Underneath
    the lower planes and at the rear end of the fuselage.
    Squadron badge:
    As approved by HM the King; as laid down in Air Ministry Orders
    Note: Fighter aircraft:
    (i) are not to carry the national marking on the lower surface of the
    wing tips;
    (ii) the lower surface of the starboard plane and half the undersurface
    of the fuselage is to be painted white. The corresponding
    port side is to be painted black.
    5. The code letters allotted to squadrons are shown at the appendix
    to this order. They are to be painted in grey paint (Stores Ref.
    33B/157). The letters are to be 48 inches high and are to be made
    up of strokes 6 inches in width. Smaller letters are to be used only
    when the space available on the fuselage makes such a course
    unavoidable.
    6. Squadron badges may be carried if desired on aircraft but they
    must be removable at short notice without leaving any trace.
     
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    Thanks very much for this information

    Mike
     
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