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

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Design 1D

for BB-43

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

design drawing for Measure 32/1D drawn for the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43) probably in August or September 1943. The overall Design 1D pattern has been stretched out onto a much larger ship's profile and thus the panels are much larger. The pattern on the superstructure appears intended to break up the distinctive profile and to possibly simulate a ship with two smaller stacks.

The first drawing for Design 1D was attached to the March 1943 Supplement to SHIPS-2 for DD-380 Gridley class using Measure 33. Design 1D was worn by the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), the large cruiser USS Alaska (CB-1), the light cruisers USS Raleigh (CL-7), USS Houstan (CL-81), and USS Miami (CL-89) all in Measure 32 colors. The light cruiser USS Columbia (CL-56) wore this design using Measure 33 colors. In addition, Design 1D was worn by a few Evarts class destroyer escorts mostly in Measure 32.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-157054 and 80-G-157055.

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