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


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Fletcher Class

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for DD-445

Design 3D

for DD-445

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-445
Measure 31
Radford (DD-446)Hailey (DD-556)
John Rodgers (DD-574)Paul Hamilton (DD-590)

Measure 32
Harrison (DD-573)Haraden (DD-585)
McNair (DD-679)

The drawing for Measure 32 Design 3D for the Fletcher class as dated January 8, 1944. The vertical colors were specified to be dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) and the horizontal colors were ocean gray (5-O) and deck blue (20-B). Haze gray (5-H) could have been used in place of light gray to be Measure 31. The stern view at D caused some ships to paint extra panels on the stern in an effort to match. There was an earlier version of this drawing using open colors that did not show the turrets and differed in the deck pattern.

A Design 3D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the DD-380 Gridley class of destroyers. Design 3D was also drawn for every other class of destroyers and destroyer escorts and for most other classes of major warships including the Independence class light carriers, the Casablanca class escort carriers, Omaha class light cruisers and Cleveland class light cruisers. The battleship USS Colorado (BB-45) also used Design 3D beginning in October 1943. A handful of ships of the Livermore class of destroyers and some destroyer escorts used a mirrored version in which the port pattern appeared on the starboard and the starboard pattern was painted on the port side.

Original drawing source: Tom Walkowiak at Floating Drydock.