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

Auxiliary Ships

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Auxiliaries II

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for AN-38

Design 20L

for AN-38

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for AN-38
Measure 31
Lancewood (AN-48)Terebinth (AN-59)
Catclaw (AN-60)Chinaberry (AN-61)
Hoptree (AN-62)

This is the design drawing for Measure 31/20L for the Ailanthus class of net laying ships (AN-38 to AN-77), dated August 29, 1944. This design used three greens vertically, probably haze green (5-HG), oean green (5-OG) and navy green (5-NG) in a mirrored mottled pattern both port and starboard.

Each pattern from Design 20L had been created by overlaying a master pattern of greens, brown and black over the outline of the particular class of ship. See the Master pattern for 20L. Thus each class ship 20L drawing used a slightly different part of the Master pattern and had a unique final design.

See AN-38 silhouette in color.

Original drawing source: NARA San Bruno PHSY corr. box39.