The two drawings for Measure 3_ Design 8A for the Independence class light carriers probably dated December 9, 1943. The drawing had been titled Measure 32, but the 2 was erased to create the “open” Measure design. The vertical colors were not identified, but the Measure 33 colors would normally be navy blue (5-N), haze gray (5-H) and pale gray (5-P) and the horizontal surfaces were deck blue (20-B). This drawing showed the ends of the stacks that extended to starboard, but not the ends of the flight deck. Also included were instructions for countershading using white (5-U). Some ships may have used a different set of colors.
There have been no other versions of Design 8A found.
Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-170023 and 80-G-170024.