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


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Fletcher Class

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for DD-445

Design 24D

for DD-445

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-445
Measure 31
Mullany (DD-528)Heermann (DD-532)
Ingersoll (DD-652)

Measure 32
Nicholas (DD-449)Ammen (DD-527)
Hazelwood (DD-531)Knapp (DD-653)

This is the drawing for Measure 32 Design 24D for the Fletcher class destroyers probably dated December 1943. The Measure 31 version of this design would use either ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H). Note the stern view at D, some ships painted extra panels in an attempt to match.

Design 24D was derived from a Measure 16 pattern dated June 1942. In December 1943, Design 24D was used for the light cruiser USS Reno (CL-96) in Measure 33 colors: ocean gray and light gray. About the same time 24D was used with Measure 32 colors for the Fletcher class destroyers as above. In February 1944, it was redrawn for the Cleveland class light cruisers. Design 24D was worn by the light cruisers USS Springfield (CL-66), USS Topeka (CL-67) and USS Astoria (CL-90) in Measure 33 colors and USS Pasadena (CL-65) in Measure 32 colors. Light cruiser USS San Diego (CL-53) also wore Design 24D using the Measure 32 colors dull black and light gray, beginning in April 1944, until the end of the war.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-160564 and 80-G-160565.