How do you hide an airplane factory? Camouflage during WWII

During World War II, some airplane factories were camouflaged to protect from bombing. This video covers the camouflage of Douglas Aviation in California, but similar efforts also took place in the U.K. What do you think?

Boeing’s aircraft manufacturing facilities were critical to the World War II efforts of Allied forces.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crafted an entire faux neighborhood on top of the Boeing Plant 2 in Seattle.


… it was the threat of targeted bombing attacks on Britain by the Luftwaffe (the German air force) in the Second World War (1939-1945) that led the British military to use the concealment and deceit of camouflage in more sophisticated and strategic ways.

In 1940, the three services each established camouflage branches. Camouflage training manuals were widely issued and all military personnel received basic training. Virtually everything of military significance in Britain was camouflaged, including vehicles and even entire airfields.

RAF Staverton’s airfield was camouflaged to create a rural-type landscape. As pictured above, an imitation lane was created to snake diagonally across the airfield and the tarmac runways. Boundaries mimicking hedges were painted on the grass: these show as the black line across the runway, and at bottom left and right. Parts of the runways themselves were painted with a pattern of irregular dark shapes, probably to simulate woodland.

Watercolour of a power station and cooling tower camouflaged as housing by Colin Moss, a leading artist at the camouflage unit. Camouflage netting suspended over the water enclosure is also visible behind the fencing. The government asked camouflage artists to make a painted record of their designs

Approved camouflage designs were recreated with paint, canvas, coarse hessian and camouflage netting by thousands of workers on enormous target structures such as factories, power stations and military buildings.

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8 Responses to How do you hide an airplane factory? Camouflage during WWII

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    That is very interesting. I had no idea they did that.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. weather257 says:

    Good idea, since the China balloon just geo-located all of our facilities (including the midwest)!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. texan59 says:

    I read about this a couple weeks ago, and it is fascinating!

    Liked by 2 people

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