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

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for CB-1

Design 1D

for CB-1

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CB-1
Measure 32
Alaska (CB-1)
Drawing

Here is a composite of the design drawings for Measure 32/1D in two colors drawn for the Alaska class large cruisers dated February 12, 1944. The overall 1D pattern has been stretched to fit a much longer ship and many panels have been lengthened to fit the longer ship and on the port bow a new panel appears. The panels on the superstructure are intended to break up a very distinctive profile. The specified colors were dull black (BK) and light gray (5-L). This design was worn by USS Alaska (CB-1).

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 also worn by the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), 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-165989 and 80-G-165990.

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