Battle Colors:
Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the
U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII
by Robert A. Watkins

Relying heavily on visuals, 'Battle Colors' fills a long standing void in the annals of World War II historical literature. While most books focusing on aircraft of this time period feature nose art, the 'Battle Colors' series focuses primarily on unit insignia and aircraft tactical markings throughout WWII. These books are an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the history of the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

Volume 5:
Pacific Theater of Operations

Volume-V of the Battle Colors© series covers all known combat groups and squadrons that conducted operations in all Areas of Operation within the Pacific Theater during World War II. The four U.S. Air Forces that participated in this conflict are contained within this work and represented by a total of 673 images that include 304 approved and unapproved group and squadron emblems.

Additionally, there are a total of 125 full color illustrations portraying each group and/or squadrons individual tactical aircraft markings, including 125 black and white and color wartime photographs.

-Supplemental Volume-V content-
• Quick Referral Visual Index; USAAF fighter and bomb group tactical aircraft markings.
• Group/HQ overseas airfield location maps.
• USAAF/Order of Battle; Pacific Theater.
• Historical evolution of U.S. aircraft markings.
• The Pacific War; chronology of major events.

Volume 4:
Mediterranean Theater of Operations

Volume IV of the 'Battle Colors' series concludes the examination of USAAF combat insignia and aircraft tactical markings in the European Theater during WWII. Covered within this work are the Ninth, Twelfth, and Fifteenth AAFs from the first to last combat operations by U.S. air power in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

Volume 3:
9th Army Air Force

Volume III of the 'Battle Colors' series focuses o nthe unit and tactical aircraft markings of the Ninth U.S. Army Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. For readers unfamiliar with its history a brief synopsis of the evolution of the Ninth AAF from inception to V-E Day is also included in this volume. All combat elements assigned to the Ninth AAF in the UK between 16 October 1943 and 8 May 1945 are included in this work which covers Fighter, Troop Carrier, Bombardment, and Reconnaissance Groups in addition to Night Fighter and Liaison Squadrons. A great deal of research has gone into presenting as many squadron insignia as possible, both official as as unofficial versions, Squadron fuselage codes and recognition colors are addressed within their respective sections and include maps showing the chronological listing and dates of each units assigned stations from pre-invasion England to Western Europe at wars end.

Volume 2:
8th Army Air Force Fighter Command

The second volume in the 'Battle Colors' series concludes the focuses on the Fighter Command element of the Eighth Army Air Force during World War II. This volume also features full color illustrations depicting the evolution of fuselage, wing, and tail markings assigned to the individual units. Details concerning proper size, placement, color, and configuration of all tactical markings of the Eighth U.S. Fighter Command are addressed. Group and Squadron combat insignia as well as airfield location maps for each unit are also depicted.

Volume 1:
8th Army Air Force Bomber Command

This volume focuses on all forty-eight Bomb Groups comprising the Eighth Army Air Force and features full color illustrations depicting the evolution of fuselage, wing, and tail markings assigned to the individual units. Details concerning proper size, placement, color, and configuration of all tactical markings of the Eighth U.S. Bomber Command are addressed. Group and Squadron combat insignia as well as airfield location maps for each unit are also depicted. All bombardment units incorporated within the Eighth are indexed and easily cross-referenced by squadron, group, wing, and division assignments. Additionally, all major components comprising the Eighth have been organized into quick reference organizational flow charts that show the actual order-of-battle for the "Mighty Eighth."