Bolivian Bombers in the Gran Chaco War
1. Airco DH9
Serial No. AM-1, Bolivian Cuerpo de Aviacion, 1928-29. This aircraft is finished overall in Aluminium Doped Fabric. Bolivian national markings are carried as on the wings and fuselage. Rudder stripes as previously described are applied over the full rudder depth. Aircraft name 'Coronel Salazar' and serial are applied in Black.
2. Breguet 19 A2
Potosi, Bolivian Cuerpo de Aviacion, 1929-30. This aircraft is finished overall in French Dark Green. Bolivian national markings comprised roundels in four wing positions in (from outside) Red, Yellow and Green. Rudder stripes were also applied in (from top) Red Yellow and Green. Note darker coloured bar on leading edge of rudder. Aircraft name is applied on fuselage sides in White. Potosi was flown on the 18 January 1929 bombing raid by French 'advisor' Major Henri Lemaitre and his mechanic Ernest Foucher.
3. Junkers K43h
Serial No. 104, Punta de Alas (Pointed Wing) Squadron, Bolivian Cuerpo de Aviacion, Villa Montes, 1934. This aircraft is painted with a Mottled Dark or Rusty Green camouflage scheme on the upper surfaces, with Light Grey or Light Blue undersides. Bolivian national markings are carried as on the wings and fuselage. Rudder stripes as previously described are applied over the full rudder depth. Serial number is Black.
Insignia Magazine is currently running a series looking at the aircraft of the Gran Chaco War, which took place between 1928 and 1935 between Bolivia and Paraguay. This article, from Issue 6 of Insignia Magazine, looks at the bombers and reconnaissance aircraft used by Bolivia during the conflict. Paraguayan bombers are covered in Issue 7 of the magazine.
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