Aircraft Insignia


Visual reference to WWII’s aerial battlefield.

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This chart was prepared by the U.S. Army Special Service Division and issued as part of the massive NEWSMAP series of publications. It provides a useful tool to identify markings on planes from Allied, Axis and neutral countries; including the Free French, Kuomintang China, and occupied Poland.

The illustration in the center of the sheet, drawn by Jack Cogging, shows an eclectic and somewhat dated mix of bombers and fighters. Many of the aircraft depicted were obsolete by the time the sheet was published in 1943, and it fails to include the Russian Shturmovik and British Spitfire; two of the most widely produced planes in the history of aviation.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1943

Author: Jack Cogging

Sheet Width (in): 23.20

Sheet Height (in): 17.40

Condition: C

Condition Description: The map has several condition issues. The sheet has some loss at the corners and along the centerfold. There are two stains, one darker than the other, and moderate wear along the fold lines. Although these issues detract somewhat, they also reflect prior use which was likely contemporary with the war.