Mark, I am responding to your July 8, 2017 post where you wanted evidence of The Swoose's paint before its May 1942 repaint. Here it is straight from Major Ed Teats, from
December 1942, which I found with just 15 minutes of googling. Look at installment II. The Del Monte B-17's were originally painted with a gloss green which was the only paint that they had in quantity. They tried to tone the gloss down with other colors but it didn't work.
http://www.lanbob.com/lanbob/H-19BG-ext ... PI-AAC.htm
Supposedly a photo of The Swoose at Del Monte:
http://www.lanbob.com/lanbob/H-19BG-ext ... woosGK.htm
Dana, did the P-26's and B-10's have gloss green paint schemes which would account for the large quantity of gloss green paint being at Clark and Nichols? I looked in AF Colors, vol. 1 and 2, but there is no mention of a gloss green being used.
Mark, I believe the photo in your May 1 post shows The Swoose on, or very close after January 27, 1942, after landing at RAAF Laverton for its rebuild. It does show a very glossy paint under the wing that shows the reflection of the maroon backside of the props. You can faintly see the red circle in the star to attest to the date of the photo being before May 15, 1942. And notice the hasty spray painting which clearly shows streaks in a 3-4 foot pattern.
although Dana clearly would know better on this, the prewar USAAC scheme was a very glossy OD with yellow wings and tail group up through 1934 or 35, at which point the fuselage color was changed to a lovely medium blue color. Maybe they had a bunch of that OD paint laying around, although who knows what kind of shape it would be in after 7 years of storage. Just a thought.