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

Auxiliary Ships

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Seaplane Tenders

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for DD-187

Design 21D

for DD-187

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-187
Measure 31
Williamson (DD-244)Hulbert (DD-342)

Measure 32
Thornton (AVD-11)

The design drawing for Measure 31/21D, dated March 18, 1944, for the destroyer USS Dahlgren and others. The profile used is for a 4-stack destroyer modified with two less stacks and no torpedo tubes, which was done to become a small seaplane tender (AVD).

The Design 21D pattern was derived from an earlier Measure 16 Thayer Blue pattern but used new colors. Design 21D was drawn up for USS Nashville (CL-43) as early as July 14, 1943. In late 1943 and early 1944 it was also drawn for the Fletcher class in both Measure 31 and Measure 32 colors.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-109645 and 80-G-109646.