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There are acouple of good photos of the rear of Lt. Rasmussen's natural metal P-36 in the book The Way It Was-The Original Photographs that show the #48 over 15P on the tail, and the large #86 on the fuselage. Does anyone have any other info as to other markings on this aircraft, i.e. were the tail codes repeated on the wing, or were there any colors on the cowling? TIA
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Hi Marty,
Glad you liked Mike Wenger's book...despite the other names listed as 'author', Mike was the author! Check the acknowledgements, too. I was joined by some great folk.

Phil Rassmussen, sadly, passed away this past Spring. As to his P-36 flown that morning...the photos made -shown in Mike's book- are the only photos of the plane he flew. We do not have shots of the wing or cowling to confirm what was there (or not there).

Yes, there were numbers on the wing for a large amount of aircraft in early 1941, and there were colors on the cowling in select P-36s in early 1941...the tactical marking changes being made from mid-August onward are the problem.

The study continues,
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Thanks, David. Keep us up to date on any new info.
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