An aerial photo of USS J. William Ditter (DM-31) from the starboard out of Staten Island on October 27, 1944, in camouflage 32/3D. The colors are dull black, ocean gray and light gray. Photo source: NARA BS 76506.
J. William Ditter is seen again from port side out of Staten Island on October 27, 1944, in camouflage 32/3D. Ditter was commissioned the next day. Photo source: NARA 19-LCM-DM31-1.
An aerial photo of USS J William Ditter (DM-31) on November 12, 1944, wearing camouflage 32/3D. Note the mines on the racks. This photo was taken by the Naval Air Station, New York, Photo source: NARA BS 74035.
DM-23 through DM-34 were started as Allen M. Sumner class DD's, but were modified while building and then completed as DM's.