U.S. Navy Ships in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945

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Design 16D

for BB-43

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for BB-43
Measure 32
California (BB-44)
Drawing

align="left"> The drawings for Design 16D using Measure 32 colors drawn for the Tennessee class battleships on December 20, 1943. This drawing used the Measure 32 colors of dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) vertically with a pattern of deck blue (20-B) and ocean gray (5-O) on the horizontal surfaces.

A Design 16D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Farragut class destroyers. Some parts of Design 16D were derived from an earlier pattern used for Measure 16. Design 16D was also drawn for Allen M. Sumner and Gleaves classes of destroyers, Buckley class destroyer escorts, Bayfield class attack transports and for Tacoma class frigates. The cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) and the battleship USS California (BB-44) also wore Design 16D. The design drawing for the Allen M. Sumner class varies from this drawing on the port side from the area under the bridge forward, in that the stripes are reversed in direction.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-162038 and 80-G-162039.

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