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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-5

Design 9D

for DE-5

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-5
Measure 31
Wyman (DE-38)Canfield (DE-262)

Measure 32
Austin (DE-15)Burden R. Hastings (DE-19)
Harold C. Thomas (DE-21)Deede (DE-263)
Mason (DE-529)

This is a composite of the two drawing sheets for Measure 32 Design 9D for the Evarts class destroyer escorts dated May 1, 1944. The standard Measure 32 colors: dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) are indicated. The stern view on the upper left did not include the pattern on the hull; possibly the intention was for the patterns to wrap around and meet. The starboard sheet did include a top view with a note that read: “decks and other horizontal surfaces deck blue 20-B.”

The first drawing for Design 9D was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for Fletcher class. Design 9D later appeared in March 1944 for the Fletcher class destroyers and was drawn in April 1944 for the Allen M. Sumner class destroyers; and in June 1944 for the Dunlap class destroyers: Dunlap and Fanning. The heavy cruiser USS Chester (CA-27) appeared in Design 9D beginning in June 1944. The design worn by USS Ranger (CV-4) in July 1944 was a very good match for Design 9D even though the design was identified as 1A and used a four-color Measure 33 scheme. Design 32/8AX was an almost exact copy of 9D and was used by at least four ships of the Kenneth Whiting class of seaplane tenders. The evolution of 9D into these and other related designs is discussed in my earlier book on the Fletcher class destroyers.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-172865 and 80-G-172867.