The importance of the colour yellow

After an extended festive break the blog is now up and running again.

It may seem odd but the colour yellow became an important colour to airmen who needed to be rescued after their aircraft had ditched in the sea.

Last January I did a post about animals during wartime and talked about the importance of the yellow box containing pigeons which was carried by all heavy bombers.

A year on a fact that none of us at the museum knew about came to light.

Some of the iconic R.A.F flying jackets had yellow hoods to make them easier to spot by a rescue aircraft. It makes perfect sense as the emergency dinghy would travel with the currents and tides away from the ditching co-ordinates. Bright yellow hoods would be easy to see from above.

Another example of simplicity saving lives during wartime.


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