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

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Design 22D

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Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for BB-61
Measure 32
Missouri (BB-63)
Drawing

align="left"> The drawing for Design 22D for the Iowa class battleships drawn on May 18, 1944. This drawing used the three 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.

This design first appeared as a pattern for Measure 16 in June 1942. This design was drawn up on December 3, 1943, for the Evarts class destroyer escorts as well as the Fletcher class. Design 22D was dated January 27, 1944, for the Buckley class destroyer escorts and used three colors. In March and April of 1944 it was drawn for the Porter and Benson classes of destroyers. Design 22D in three Measure 33 colors was dated April 18, 1944, for the Atlanta class light cruisers and used by USS San Juan (CL-54) and USS Flint (CL-97) but in Measure 32 colors. The battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) commissioned on June 11, 1944 in this design and she wore this camouflage until she arrived in the Pacific a few weeks later.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-109729 and 80-G-109730.

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