Camouflage & Markings – Hawker Woodcock
The Woodcock was designed as a night fighter to meet an RAF requirement in 1922 and the first prototype, Mk. I, with a Jaguar II engine, flew in March 1923. This aircraft had a number of serious problems and was redesigned with a Jupiter Mk. IV engine as the Woodcock II, first flying in July 1923. Production aircraft with full night flying equipment were delivered to 3 Squadron in May 1925, followed by 17 Sqn in March 1926. Only two dedicated night fighter squadrons were equipped with them. They were replaced by Gloster Gamecocks in 1928 but others continued, mostly for training, until 1936, including the two-seat dual control IIDC version.
As usual they were painted silver with grey noses and the coloured squadron markings.