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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-5

Design 21D

for DE-5

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-5
Measure 31
Reynolds (DE-42)

Measure 32
Crouter (DE-11)Edward C. Daly (DE-17)
Charles Greer (DE-23)Wintle (DE-25)
Duffy (DE-27)Mitchell (DE-43)
Dionne (DE-261)Crowley (DE-303)
Finnegan (DE-307)

The drawing for Design 32/21D for the Evarts class destroyer escorts dated December 22, 1943. The lightest vertical color is listed as light gray (5-L), but is only faintly labeled on the port and starboard views. The deck colors were deck blue (20-B) and ocean gray (5-O).

The pattern used by Design 21D was used in an earlier measure that had been successful in North Atlantic waters, using white and a light blue (Thayer Blue) that was called Measure 16. 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 destroyers in both Measure 31 and Measure 32 colors.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-172858 and 80-G-172873.