January 1945 until September 1945

Attached to Air Group 85 on the USS Shangri-La, CV-38

 

 

Third Evolution

 

“Carrier specific” symbol paint scheme--or “G” system--which assigned the Shangri-La a lightning bolt painted on her aircraft and deck. Assignment of this system came in January 1945. This appears to have been used in pre-combat Pacific transit. Shangri-La “Lightning Bolt” on tail, but not on wings yet in these available photographs.

22 Mar 45, Crash on Maui. Either BuNo 82455, or 82551

maui crash

“Sky Pirates” round decal is visible on aircraft side below windscreen, and was placed on both sides. Side numbers for this paint scheme period were painted large (with stencil marks) fully on the moveable rudder, and small on the sides of the engine cowling on an aircraft of overall single tone Navy blue.

22 Mar 45, Crash on Maui. Either BuNo 82455, or 82551

maui crash

Same “G” system scheme as above, only lightning bolts finished being painted on top of right wing and bottom of left wing. This was “probably” used during Pacific transit and early combat operations, sometime January 45 through mid July 45. “Sky Pirates” stickers present here, but gradually not installed on replacement aircraft as time went on.

Note the over-spray on the wing tip lightning bolts.

Near duplicate picture to above, no new information.