September 1944, Balleroy, France. FR (Fighter Reconnaissance) MK. IX Spitfires painted PR Pink from the No. 16 Squadron RAF, Strategic Reconnaissance Wing of 2nd Tactical AF. These Spitfires had the standard fighter armament and were fitted with cameras. This photo is said to have been taken by a captured German Agfa 35mm camera by one of the pilots from this squadron.
The pink color, although nearly white, was the ideal camouflage for the reconnaissance aircraft this region. The Spitfires were suppose to fly during dawn or dusk just below low cloud cover, this to avoid being seen from above. However, from the ground, the pink blended in with the cloud cover perfectly and made it very difficult to spot. To make this even more effective, no RAF insignia was painted underneath the wings and the code letters and serial numbers were painted Medium Sea-Grey. The insignia above the wings were placed right next to the fuselage and were made smaller than normally made.