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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-5

Design 22D

for DE-5

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-5
Measure 31
Steele (DE-8)Bebas (DE-10)
Donaldson (DE-44)

Measure 32
Griswold (DE-7)Doneff (DE-49)

The drawing for Design 22D for the Evarts class destroyer escorts dated December 3, 1943, using open colors. Measure 32 would use dull black (BK) and light gray (5-L) and Measure 31 would use dull black (BK) and either ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H). Note the stern view includes the knuckles possibly in an effort to avoid confusion about how the panels should wrap around the stern.

This design first appeared as a pattern for Measure 16 in June 1942. It was later drawn in December 1943 for the Fletcher and Allen M. Sumner classes of destroyers and later drawn for the Porter and Benson classes of destroyers. The battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) used Design 22D in Measure 32 colors of dull black, ocean gray and light gray. Design 22D was used for the Atlanta class light cruisers USS San Juan (CL-54) and USS Flint (CL-97). They were painted using Measure 32 in three colors, even though the drawing specified Measure 33 colors.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-105508 and 80-G-105509.