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

Auxiliary Ships

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for AOG-17

Design 16D

for AOG-17

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for AOG-17
Measure 32
Sequatchie (AOG-21)Wautauga (AOG-22)
Gualala (AOG-28)Kalamazoo (AOG-30)
Ontonagon (AOG-36)Yahara (AOG-37)
Ponchatoula (AOG-38)Yacona (AOG-45)
Drawing

The Design 16D drawing for the Mettawee class gasoline tankers using T1-M-A1 maritime hulls dated August 4, 1944, is shown. The standard Measure 32 range of colors is specified: dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) on vertical surfaces with deck blue (20-B) on horizontal surfaces. This drawing also shows two waterlines: the load waterline and a camouflage line which is probably the light waterline.

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 class of destroyers and 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 the later drawings 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-177455 and 80-G-177456.

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