Me 262 Stencils

The Me 262 had many specialized markings or stencils to aid ground crew and pilots in maintaining and operating the aircraft. This page is a reference guide to the location and meaning of the various stencils. Whenever possible, actual photos of aircraft have been used to help illustrate stencil placement. Beware that there were often variations in stencil style and location.

"Jack Here" - Instruction for position of jack to support the aircraft. One location on the nose and one on the tail as seen below. Usually 18mm black lettering with dashed line.

"Caution! Do not tow by nosewheel" - Located on nosewheel door. Attempting to do so would result in nose gear failure. The correct procedure was to attach tow cables to the main gear and a directional bar to the nose gear for steering. Note the early model nose gear with scissors link, which was deleted on later models.


Small white rectangular markings located just below the gun bay contained ammunition loading diagrams.

"Footstep flap" - located on left engine nacelle and fuselage side.

Large red segmented circular lines located on both sides of engine nacelles. Exact location would vary. Usually found more aft than in photo at left. Thickness of circle would also vary slightly.

"Hydraulic" - located on the hydraulic access plate on the fuselage. "Auf" and "Zu" were stamped into the plate.

"24 Volt" - located around the electrical socket on the fuselage.


"Oxygen, Keep free from oil and grease" - located under the fuselage.

"Load aft fuselage with 500 kg ballast before jacking" - located next to aft "Hier Aufbocken" stencil. (Also repeated under wing)


Red Cross symbol indicated the location of first aid equipment access panel.

"Fasten Here" - Positioning marks for wind gust locks located on horizontal stabilizer and wings.

"Do not touch" - located on ailerons and rudder. Color either red or black.

The inner surface of the flap was marked to show the degree angle. Located on port side only. Note this rare in-flight photo with the marking in white.

"Load aft fuselage with 500 kg ballast before jacking, Jack Here" - located under each wing. (Also repeated on aft fuselage)

"Step here only!" - Red dashed line and red lettering marking the walkway area on each wing.

"Do Not Push" - located on rear engine nacelles. Note different colors and styles in photos.


Marking for main fuel tanks indicating J2 jet fuel. One located forward of cockpit, one on left side and one aft of cockpit.

Fuel symbols for the Reidel starter motor located in the nose cone of each engine. "A3" indicated standard fuel octane, "B4 mit 3% Schmierstoff" indicated engine primer tank. Note the style used on the NASM's Me 262 (above left) which reads "20 TL 01" and "87".



"Caution! Do not split rims before deflating tire" - located on main wheels. This aluminum plate was attached to both sides of main wheels. Lettering was raised aluminum on red background.

"Caution! Do not split rims before deflating tire" - stencils located on nosewheel.

"Is cylinder locked?" - located on removable underwing panels between engines and fuselage. Usually positioned near the aft edge of the panel. Just visible in this photo from rear looking forward.

"Rocket not over 500 kg" - located in the center of aft removable fuel tank panel near the forward edge.