Camouflage & Markings – Grumman F4F Wildcat
Here’s my collection of Wildcat and Martlet profiles. Martlet was the early British name for the type but was later abandoned for the US name. The Royal Navy Martlets of 805 Sqn in North Africa in 1941/42 were delivered in the standard US Navy light grey finish, which some retained, including, in some cases, the USN Bureau number. Others were repainted in mid-stone and azure blue RAF colours. British Wildcats were usually painted in the temperate sea scheme of dark slate grey and extra dark sea grey over sky. Later US Navy aircraft operating from escort carriers in the Atlantic Ocean had the dark grey over white scheme as shown on the VC-58 example.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.