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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-51

Design 14D

for DE-51

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-51
Measure 31
Neuendorf (DE-200)Whitehurst (DE-634)
Witter (DE-636)Currier (DE-700)
Hollis (DE-794)

Measure 32
Clarence L. Evans (DE-113)James E. Craig (DE-201)
Cloues (DE-265)William C. Cole (DE-641)
Roberts (DE-749)Runels (DE-793)

This is a composite and copy of the Design 14D drawing for the Buckley class destroyer escorts originally dated December 30, 1943. This was also an open measure and choosing the correct light color could create the desired measure; ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H) for Measure 31 and light gray (5-L) would result in Measure 32. The proper color labels were probably added to the copy before it was sent to an individual ship for painting. The bow view at upper right was penciled out with an “X,” but the port view retained the whaleboat. The stern view had added lines representing the knuckles of the stern possibly to reduce confusion. There are a few view-to-view inconsistencies in the area of the bridge and superstructure.

A Design 14D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Benson class destroyers. This design was also used on the cruiser USS Pensacola (CA-24) in Measure 32 colors and USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) in Measure 33 colors. Design 14D was used by seven Fletcher class destroyers and it was also redrawn on June 28, 1944, for the heavy cruiser USS Wichita (CA-45), but probably was never used.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-163670 and 80-G-163671.