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Arado Ar196A-3
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Aircraft Identification Numbers
Bismarck Tirpitz
Identification number: T3 + AK* Identification number: BB + YF
Identification number: T3 + DL* Identification number: T3 + BL
Identification number: T3 + IH Identification number: T3 + DL*
Identification number: T3 + MJ* Identification number: T3 + GK*
One of Bismarck's Arado aircraft waiting to be lifted aboard. Identification number: T3 + HK
An Arado aircraft of Tirpitz during a propaganda movie recording in 1941. Identification number: T3 + LH*
One of Tirpitz' Arado aircraft in Norway celebrating the 100th take off from the battleship. Identification number: T3 + LK*
* Notice that the appearance of the identification numbers varied quite much. Some was solely black or white and some was partially black and white. When I have not been able to see photographs of the aircraft using the specific identification numbers showed I have decided to use black types.

Unit Emblem used by 1./BfGr 196 and 2./BfGr 196
Description
One of the striking differences between the German Luftwaffe and the opposing air forces in World War II was the widespread use of badges and emblems identifying individual Luftwaffe units. The German Luftwaffe put a greater value on the creation and display of unit heraldry, as an element in creating esprit the corps.

The emblem symbolise a seahorse on a blue background. It was used by 1./BfGr 196 and 2./BfGr 196 (BfGr = Bordflieger Gruppe). These Luftwaffe controlled Shipboard Reconnaissance Groups had homebase in Wilhelmshaven and was used on the larger German warships during WWII. The emblem was used from early 1940. It was painted on the fuselage on both sides of the aircraft, just behind the engine. The seahorse was always looking in the same direction as the aircraft was heading (on both sides).

Starboard Side Port Side
Samples of how the Emblem was mounted on Arado Ar196A



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