Two German FW 190s over England in January 1943 are reported to have carried their
crosses on the wings on a gray background and enclosed by misleading yellow roundels; the
effect might have given the impression that they were friendly planes. They also carried
yellow bands near the tail end of the fuselage, and vertical yellow stripes on the tail unit.
On one occasion during February 1943, five FW 190s were reported to have red, white, and
blue vertical stripes on their rudders. As a result, British fighters could not immediately
determine their nationality and hesitated before attacking them.