This is the probable drawing for Design 22D in two colors drawn for the Ellyson
class of fast minesweepers probably in July 1944. The Ellyson
class minesweepers were modified from Benson
class destroyers, but did not use the 22D Design for the Benson
with three colors; they used a two color design like that shown here. The two colors used were navy blue (5-N) and light gray (5-L). Note, this version of 22D differs from the version drawn for the Benson
class, but matches what the Ellyson
class wore. The original drawing for this version has not yet been found but probably did exist.
This design first appeared as a pattern for Measure 16 in June 1942. This design was drawn up on December 3, 1943, for the Evarts class destroyer escorts as well as the Fletcher class destroyers. Design 22D was dated January 27, 1944, for the Buckley class destroyer escorts and used three colors. In March and April of 1944 it was drawn for the Porter and Benson classes of destroyers. Design 22D in three Measure 33 colors was dated April 18, 1944, for the Atlanta class light cruisers and used by USS San Juan (CL-54) and USS Flint (CL-97) but in Measure 32 colors. The battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) commissioned on June 11, 1944 in this design and she wore this camouflage until she arrived in the Pacific a few weeks later. Missouri used Measure 32 colors of dull black, ocean gray and light gray.
Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-000000.