|Markings / Colors / Camouflage
prototypes of the A4/V2 were painted in the familiar black-and-white roll
pattern scheme. This scheme was designed to aid in tracking the rocket
after launch. This pattern made it easy to observe any variation or roll
of the rocket. The exact pattern was changed many times, and as with the
rest of the rocket, the pattern was examined and altered if warranted.
Camouflage colors were introduced to the A4/V2 during the middle of 1943. At the beginning, three different schemes were designated to be tested;
SCHEME 1 - The Gebatikt (Batiked) pattern, using 5 colors: Cream White, Earth Grey, Oxide Red, Olive Green and Chocolate Brown. This scheme was sprayed and was simular to many traditional camouflage patterns.
SCHEME 2 - The Geflammt (Wavy) pattern, using only three colors: Cream White, Earth Grey and Olive Green.
SCHEME 3 - The Gezackt (Ragged) pattern, using the same three colors as scheme 2. Actually, there were two versions of this ragged scheme. The second version bacame the most popular, and was adopted in March of 1944. Cream White was replaced with Signal White and the ragged pattern simplified. Of the surviving photographs showing A4/V2 rockets using the ragged camouflage scheme, the majority of these are the later ragged scheme-
Later, during the last months of the war, A4/V2 rockets were painted a solid color of RAL 7009 Greenish-Gray or Grün/Grau (Official German document about RAL-7009 is the "Bauzustand" from January 1945 - Olaf Przybilski).
were the same colors used by the German Army throughout WWII. The eight
RAL Reichsausschuss für Lieferbedingungen (Government Committee
for Specifications) colors were identified by number as:
9001 Cream White and RAL 9003 Signal White are not really 'white' at all.
Army rockets did not carry the national aircraft or unit insignia. But, many of the Peenemünde test rockets did carry cartoon illustrations. These illustrations were simular to WWII aircraft nose art in design and connotation. Undoubtedly, many operational A4/V2 rockets probably carried hand-scribbled messages directed in jest, toward their intended recipients. Many operational V2s did have their army serial numbers painted on the body of the rocket near the upper section, as well as the lower section, adjacent to the fins.
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