Type A
Date used: 1915 to 1942

Where fitted: All light coloured surfaces. With an additional thin white outer border for Camouflaged surfaces. Also fitted underwing mainly on fighters from 1940 to 1942.
Sopwith Pup (Old Warden 2010) Sopwith Pup (Old Warden 2010) Avro 504K (Old Warden 2007)


Type A.1
Date used: 1937 to 1939 (1942 on fuselage)

Where fitted: All comouflaged surfaces to 1939, though it was still used on fuselage sides up to 1942.
Hawker Hurricane (Kemble 2010) Hawker Hurricane (Kemble 2010) Supermarine Spitfire ()


Type A.2
Date used: 1919 to 1942

Where fitted: On dark surfaces 1919 to 1923, on flying boats and some prototypes 1923 to 1937. It was also used as an alternative to Type A.1 on some aircraft from 1940 to 1942.


Type B
Date used: 1918 to 1947

Where fitted: On some night flying aircraft from 1918 to 1919, on all Night Invisible Varnish Orfordness (NIVO) night bombers from 1923 to 1937. It was generally used on the upper wing surface until 1947. It was used on photo-reconnaissance aircraft upper wings and fuselage from 1940 to 1944 and high altitude aircraft up to 1947.
Supermarine Spitfire Supermarine Spitfire


Type B.1
Date used: 1939 to 1942

Where fitted: Used on fuselage sides of some night-flying aircraft.


Type C
Date used: 1942 to 1947

Where fitted: Used on light surfaces from 1942-1947, although it was not used on upper wing surfaces from 1942 to 1945.
Lysander (Old Warder 2009) Lysander (Old Warder 2008)


Type C.1
Date used: 1942 to 1947

Where fitted: Used on dark surfaces except upper wing surfaces from 1942 to 1945, upper wing surfaces and fuselage sides of all 2 TAF bombers and photo-reconnaissance Spitfires from 1945 to 1947. Upper and lower wings and fuselage sides of 2 TAF fighters (e.g. Hawker Tempest) from 1945 to 1947.
Supermarine Spitfire Supermarine Spitfire


Type SEAC
Date used: 1942 to 1946

Where fitted: Used by units under South East Asia Command (SEAC) and in the CBI theatre 1942-46. Red removed to avoid confusion with the hinomaru.


Type D
Date used: 1947 to present

Where fitted: On all surfaces - note different proportions to Type A.
Red Arrow (Kemble 2010) Hawker Seahawk (Kemble 2008)


Low Vis
Date used: 1970 to present

Where fitted: On all camouflaged surfaces - note different proportions to Type B.
Avro Vulcan (Cosford 2009) Avro Vulcan (Cosford 2009)


Tail Flash
Date used: All RAF Aircraft

Where fitted: Fitted on both sides of the tail surfaces. Camourflaged aircraft carry a Red/Blue tail flash only. (The Red stripe should be fitted nearest to the leading edge of the tail)
Percival Provost (Old Warden 2007) Hawker Hurricane (Old Warden 2007) Avro Vulcan (Cosford 2009)