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pielkop
03-18-2006, 12:33 PM
i was watching a DVD with some war time foortage on it and they had a section of the attack on pearl harbour and they showed the planes taking off from the carriers and i noticed that some planes had a white square around the hinomaru i think it's called "meatball" and i have also seen pics of planes with a white circle around the "meatball" and others with nothing around it .Is there any reasone for these different markings ? thanks in advance

pielkop
03-18-2006, 12:33 PM
i was watching a DVD with some war time foortage on it and they had a section of the attack on pearl harbour and they showed the planes taking off from the carriers and i noticed that some planes had a white square around the hinomaru i think it's called "meatball" and i have also seen pics of planes with a white circle around the "meatball" and others with nothing around it .Is there any reasone for these different markings ? thanks in advance

fighter_966
03-18-2006, 12:43 PM
At least later at war white part was painted over for camouflage reasons ...and maybe.. this
is suggestion; Navy and army had different kind of hinomaru http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

ElAurens
03-18-2006, 01:03 PM
The large white rectangular or square blocks behind the Hinomaru designate that aircraft as belonging to a Home Defence unit. Aircraft on New Guinea, for example, would not be marked in this way. Both Army and Navy aircraft based in Japan proper could be marked this way, but not all were, especially late in the war.

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