RNZAF VENTURA COLOURS AND MARKINGS
When first received, the RB-34A's were in the standard USAAF Olive Drab / Neutral Grey colour scheme. Roundels were standard RAF style (probably in equivalent US paint) in six positions - Type 'B' above the wings, type 'A' below the wings, and type 'A1' on the fuselage sides. Fin flashes were wide unequal proportion RAF style on the outer surfaces only. The last two numbers of the serial were painted on either side of the nose in White. The wording COASTAL PATROL was later added over the fuselage entry door in White. (See drawings A and B)
(For an overview of RNZAF roundels see SCALE DIMENSIONS Vol 3 No. 1, and NZPAF/RNZAF AIRCRAFT COLOUR SCHEMES Vol 3 ).
Most of these aircraft were
repainted with (NZ) Blue Sea Grey uppers (approx Fs.35109 when fresh - this
colour is close to RAF PRU Blue) and (NZ) Sky Grey (approx.Fs.35252) or
(NZ) Sky (approx Fs.35299) lowers. The roundels were repainted in the Blue/White/Blue
style with no white bars. The fin flashes were now in the thin RNZAF style.
As NZ based training aircraft, they bore coding on the fuselage, usually
in Black. The last two numbers of the serial were painted in Yellow on
the fin/ rudder, and on either side of the nose. (Drawing
The first PV-1 's were received
in the US Navy 'Two Tone' scheme of Blue-Grey (approx Fs.35189) uppers
and Light Grey (Fs.36440) lowers with RAF style roundels in six positions.
(These were probably in equivalent US paints as they were added at Kaneohe
NAS in Hawaii). (Drawing D).
The fuselage roundels had a very small Red centre which was soon replaced
by (NZ) Roundel Blue. Fin flashes were in the wide RAF style on the outer
surfaces only. These were replaced by the thin RNZAF style on both outer
and inner surfaces.
Most of these aircraft bore the Lockheed-Vega plant added Walt Disney studios cartoons on their rear fuselage sides. As most of these were sharply anti - Japanese, they were ordered to be painted over before the aircraft headed to the operational area due to the fear that if downed, and the crew captured, these cartoons wouldn't help to enhance their treatment at the hands of the Japanese. Most of these painted over areas show as a large patch of fresh paint in photos taken at the time.
NZ4510 onwards were in the
new US Navy 'Four Tone scheme' of Ns.Sea Blue upper fuselage (Fs.35045),
Semi-Gloss Sea Blue (Fs.25042) wing and tailplane upper surfaces with Ns.
Sea Blue leading edges, Intermediate Blue (Fs.35164) fuselage and
tail surfaces, and Ns. White (Fs.37880) lower surfaces with Ns. White counter
shading on the fuselage under the wings and tailplanes. (Drawing
E and F)
The roundels were in six positions
and were in the Blue /White /Blue RNZAF style with a narrow Yellow surround
on the fuselage only. When in the operational area, these aircraft received
white bars added to the roundels, and most later additions had the Insignia
Blue surround to these bars as the roundels were painted over the existing
US Stars and Bars. (Drawing G and H).
Fin flashes were in the narrow RNZAF style on the inner and outer surfaces. Prop spinners were originally in Ns. Intermediate Blue, but during their service life were soon repainted or replaced by Natural Metal or Black. Props were Black with Yellow tips. NZ4510 - NZ4639.
Many of these PV-1's were repainted
due to the action of the harsh climatic conditions in the Islands, the
weather and the coral dust being a very abrasive combination. Most appear
from photographic evidence to have been repainted in (NZ) Blue Sea Grey
(Fs.35109) upper surfaces with either (NZ) Sky Grey (Fs.35352 a greyish
green) or (NZ) Sky (Fs.34235 a light bluish green) lower surfaces. Both
of these lower colours have been recorded as having been used on the Venturas.
E.g. - NZ4503 and NZ4551 .