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


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Allen M. Sumner & Gearing Classes

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for DD-692

Design 9D

for DD-692

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-692
Measure 31
Ault (DD-698)Taussig (DD-746)

Measure 32
Moale (DD-693)Charles S. Sperry (DD-697)
Waldron (DD-699)John W. Weeks (DD-701)
Wallace L. Lind (DD-703)O'Brien (DD-725)
Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)Maddox (DD-731)
Robert K. Huntington (DD-781)

The drawing for Design 9D for the Allen M. Sumner class destroyers; the original was dated April 6, 1944. The colors were Measure 32: dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L). Note, this version of 9D has added an extra set of “stairs” on the port bow, but otherwise a good match to the Fletcher class drawing.

The first drawing for Design 9D was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for Fletcher class. This design was redrawn on May 1, 1944, for Evarts class destroyer escorts; and on May 10, 1944, for the Dunlap class destroyers: Dunlap and Fanning. The cruiser USS Chester (CA-27) appeared in Design 9D beginning in June 1944. The camouflage worn by USS Ranger (CV-4) in July 1944 was a very good match for Design 9D even though the design was identified as 33/1A. Design 32/8Ax was an almost exact copy of 9D and was used by most of the ships of the Kenneth Whiting class of seaplane tenders.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-170938 and 80-G-170939.