Lockheed F-5 Lightnings of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group Color Photographs Part II

An F-5 Lightning from the 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (as indicated by the White rudder) at disbursal at Mount Farm, England, with another in the background. Spinners are in a dark blue. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
Another 22PRS Lightning, this is 42-67122 piloted by Lt. Jim Wicker returning from a mission to Mount Farm on 22APR44.
Major Robert Smith debriefs Lt Wicker upon his return, providing an excellent view of his insulated flying suit and life jacket. Compare the color of 122 here to the previous photograph. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
Nose art was routinely applied to USAAF aircraft, with pin-up girls in many forms being the most popular subjects. “Dot+Dash” was the letter “A” in Morse code, she was F-5C 42-67128. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
Another pin-up seen on “Ginger Snap”. This aircraft was lost to friendly fire over Belgium on 01JAN45, her pilot escaping uninjured.
Some aircraft just carried a name, “Tough Kid” shows off the camera openings in the nose. Note the unusual fairing just forward of the windscreen. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
“International Geographic” 42-68205 shows off her well-worn Synthetic Haze scheme on the runway at Mount Farm. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
A line of F-5s, which speaks volumes about the threat of Luftwaffe air attack against airbases in England at the time. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
This is 42-68205 “International Geographic” again, this time with her camouflage stripped off to bare metal. The squadrons within the 7th PR Groups wore color-coded rudders; Red for the 13th PRS, Green for the 14th PRS, White for the 22nd PRS, and Blue for the 27th. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
42-67389 was an F-5B, seen here taxying at Mount Farm.

Lockheed F-5 Lightnings of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group Color Photographs

A pair of F-5 Lightnings of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group prepare for take-off from their base at Mount Farm, England. Cameras replaced the gun armament in the nose. These F-5s carry the remnants of Invasion Stripes under the booms. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
Another F-5 with Invasion Stripes, this is 44-23709 finished in the standard Olive Drab over Neutral Gray camouflage. Lockheed finished F-5s in Haze, and then Synthetic Haze, before reverting back to the standard OD/NG, and ultimately Natural Aluminum.
At the unit level, some USAAF reconnaissance aircraft in Egland were repainted using Royal Air Force stocks of PRU Blue, or even Azure Blue in some cases. The “Florida Gator” carries sharks’ mouths on the outer sides of her engine nacelles, but not the inner sides.
43-28333 of the Group’s 13th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron carries the name “Lanakila”, which is Hawaiian for “Victory”. While Hawaiian names were a fashion in the Pacific Theater for a time, they were relatively rare in the ETO. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
A beautiful in-flight photo as an F-5 from the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Mount Farm.
A 13th PRS Lighting, this is 43-29009 at Chalgrove Airfield. The port access panel on the nose camera bay is open. (Imperial War Museum photograph)
A nice shot of two Lightnings taxiing at Chalgrove, revealing several details of the disbursal area of interest to modelers wanting to construct display bases or dioramas.
Likely the same aircraft as the previous photograph, this aircraft is devoid of serials or formation numbers, but displays blue spinners and red panels.
An interesting shot of cameras being installed in the nose bay of an F-5, the camera cases are sitting on the ground. Details of the propeller markings are also visible.
The same aircraft as the previous photo. Drop tanks are in place.