After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 several B-17E Flying Fortresses were painted in a three-color camouflage consisting of dark green, olive drab and tan upper surfaces with gray lower surfaces at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) at Hickam Field on Oahu.
Known B-17s painted in the HAD three color scheme
B-17E 41-2397 written off October 31, 1944
B-17E "San Antonio Rose" 41-2416 damaged February 22, 1942, stripped for parts, officially written off January 31, 1944
B-17E "Naughty But Nice" 41-2430 pilot Sarsfield crashed June 26, 1943
B-17E 41-2437 written off June 15, 1944
B-17E 41-2445 damaged December 9, 1942 stripped for parts and written off
Do you know more about this camouflage scheme? Were you or was your relative based at Hickam Field during early 1942? Do you have any documents or archival information about this scheme? Contact us, all information will be properly credited to the source.
The Battle of Midway (1942) by John Ford includes film footage of HAD painted B-17s at Midway Airfield
Thanks to Steve Birdsall and Jack Fellows for additional information.